Friday, June 23, 2006

So you have a new missile, North Korea?

Well we have the answer!

The AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense team had another successful live fire test shot yesterday. If I recall correctly, AEGIS BMD is 7 for 8 in live fire exercises, and is the most successful of any of the active test programs. Phased implementation is beginning on US AEGIS Cruisers and Destroyers, and Japan's BMD program is starting to ramp up.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for this program, and we do a lot of testing on it in the building that I work at. Usually, when there is a live fire exercise, this place is jumping, and all the suits from across the street are here. As far as I know, this place was quiet during the exercise...I wonder why. My cousin also works on this system for Northrop Grumman, down at the AEGIS training facility in Dahlgren, Virginia.

The USS Shiloh detected a medium-range target after it was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, then fired a Standard Missile-3 interceptor.

The interceptor shot down the target warhead after it separated from its rocket booster, more than 100 miles above the Pacific Ocean and 250 miles northwest of Kauai, the Missile Defense Agency said in a statement.

Here's another article.
And one more...

I'm glad this is actually getting some press, especially with other important events in the news today. The program is really cool, and it actually works. People think that these tests have just been a dummy missile lobbed up, with the crews of the ships in full awareness of what the mission profile is. In reality, the crews know there will be a missile firing. That is all. They don't know the time, heading, altitude, and aren't informed when the missile fires. They need to detect it on their own, develop the firing solution, then launch their bird and pray that it hits. This is as close to an operational system as it gets.

As I said earlier, the AEGIS BMD system is much more successful than THAAD, the Theater High Altitude Air Defense system, designed by the Army to knock down long range ICBMs. But soon, THAAD and BMD will combine in an operational system, able to knock down whatever those North Korean bastards try to throw at us...or anyone else, for that matter. Unless they nuke the French. Fuck the French.