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Aegis Ashore System Fires SM-3 Missile at Target During MDA-Navy Flight Test

MDA photo
MDA photo

The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy have completed the first flight test of components in the Aegis Ashore system.

That system worked to track and engage a simulated missile target by launching a Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missile during the test, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

DoD said the goal of the demonstration at the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex and Pacific Missile Range Facility was to assess the performance of Aegis Ashore to fire an SM-3 from a vertical launch system.

A second phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach for the Aegis Ashore system is scheduled to begin in 2015 in Romania.

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