The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Pacific Command and the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense have conducted a ground test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System.
MDA said Monday the 12-day test dubbed GTD-06 Part 2 involved simulated threat scenarios to assess how BMDS will react during an actual attack.
GTD-06 Part 2 will support plans to increase fielding of ground-based interceptors from 30 to 44 in 2017 as well as the integration of an additional In-Flight Interceptor Communications System Data Terminal into the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.
IDT’s goal was to facilitate communications between the GMD fire control nodes and the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.
The test involved ballistic missile defense components such as:
- GMD system
- AN/TPY-2 radars
- Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communication system
- Upgraded Early Warning Radars
- Cobra Dane radar
- Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system
- Patriot weapon system
- Sea Based X-Band radar
- Space-Based Infrared System
MDA carries out regular ground tests to help the agency and combatant commanders assess the current system, develop missile defense doctrine and train operators.