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MDA, Partners Test Target Detection of Aegis Missile Defense System

StockMissileLaunchMDAThe Missile Defense Agency led a test to demonstrate work by the Aegis ballistic missile defense system to detect and track missile targets, as well as other target discrimination, engagement and fire control functions.

MDA said Friday it joined the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Navy aboard USS John Paul Jones and used the AN/SPY-1 radar and Aegis Baseline 9.C1 weapon system to destroy a missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility.

Other groups also participated in an associated test of the discrimination sensor technology, wherein MDA used the Multi-Spectral Targeting System on an unmanned aircraft system to detect targets and destroy them with a Standard Missile-3.

MDA said it will use test findings to evaluate the performance of the Aegis system, implement updates and prepare to move forward in the Phased Adaptive Approach to provide missile defense functions to U.S. forces and allies in Europe.

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