Raytheon missile hits marks in first intercept test

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 7, 2017

Vid The United States' long series of attempts to shoot down missiles in flight have delivered failures-a-plenty, but last week the Friday the Missile Defense Agency was able to reveal a successful test.

Taylor W Lawrence, president at Raytheon Missile Systems, said: 'The SM-3 Block IIA programme continues to reflect MDA's commitment to maturing this regional ballistic missile defence capability for the defence of our nation, its deployed forces and our allies overseas'.

The test keeps the program on track for sea deployment and land installation "in the 2018 timeframe", Raytheon Missile Systems President Taylor Lawrence said in a news release.

The SM-3 Block IIA kinetic warhead has been upgraded to address advanced and emerging threats in addition to enhancements made to the missile's search, discrimination, acquisition and tracking functions.

The company added the missile will undergo additional flight tests as part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach Phase 3. About the Standard Missile-3SM-3s destroy incoming ballistic missile threats in space using nothing more than sheer impact, equivalent to a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 miles per hour.

Besides the primary intercept objective, the recent test evaluated the missile's kinetic warhead, warhead maneuvering system, steering controls, and booster and rocket-stage performance and separation. The Arleigh-Burke class destroyer then launched an SM-3 Block IIA guided missile, which destroyed the target.

The Block 2A system, being developed jointly by Japan and the United States, is meant to shoot down short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.

Standard Missile development and component work takes place in Tucson, with final assembly at Raytheon's plant in Huntsville, Alabama.

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