U.S. Tests Missiles Over Pacific

October 25, 2012

In the "first ever integrated ballistic missile defense system test," the United States’ military successfully tested three missile-defense systems over the Pacific Ocean, Lockheed Martin announced in a press release.

The test demonstrates "the integrated capabilities of today’s U.S. regional missile defense systems," the press release said.

The three systems, made by Lockheed Martin, were the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile, and Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System.

The press release said:

These systems worked together to detect, track, engage and negate two ballistic missile targets and one cruise missile-like target during a complex, live-fire flight test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at the Reagan Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific. …

"Today’s success demonstrates the strides that have been made in missile defense technologies and the maturity and reliability of these systems," said Dennis Cavin, Vice President for Army and Missile Programs at Lockheed Martin. "This test demonstrates the benefits of a layered, interoperable approach that can help protect the U.S. and allies from increasing security concerns around the world."

The press release detailed the timeline of the test, and said it gave "Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen from multiple Combatant Commands" a "unique opportunity to refine operational doctrine and tactics."

A video of the test can be found here.