The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system.
approximately 2:30 a.m. EST Tuesday, three short-range ballistic
missile targets were launched near simultaneously from NASA's Wallops
Flight Facility, Va. Two Aegis BMD destroyers acquired and tracked
the targets. The Aegis BMD ships conducted simulated Standard
Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB guided missile engagements with the distributed
weighted engagement scheme (DWES) capability enabled. The DWES
provides an automated engagement coordination scheme between multiple
Aegis BMD ships that determines which ship is the preferred shooter,
reducing duplication of BMD engagements and missile expenditures
while ensuring BMD threat coverage.
SM-3 guided missiles were launched, the test did not include an
test was designated Flight Test Other-19. This was the first
flight test to assess the ability of the Aegis BMD 4.0 weapon system
to simulate engagements of a raid consisting of three short-range,
separating ballistic missile targets. This was also the first time
Aegis BMD 4.0 ships used the DWES capability with live targets.
MDA will use test results to improve and enhance the Ballistic
Missile Defense System and support the advancement of Phase 2 of the
Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe to provide
protection of U.S. deployed forces, our European allies and partners.
BMD is the naval component of the MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense