Joint Japan-U.S. Missile Defense Flight Test Successful


Story Number: NNS101103-02Release Date: 11/3/2010 4:42:00 AM
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From Missile Defense Agency

KAUAI, Hi. (NNS) -- The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced the successful completion of an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, Oct. 29.

The event marked the fourth time that a JMSDF ship has engaged a ballistic missile target, including three successful intercepts, with the sea-based midcourse engagement capability provided by Aegis BMD.

The JFTM-4 test event verified the newest engagement capability of the Japan Aegis BMD configuration of the recently upgraded Japanese destroyer, JS KIRISHIMA (DD 174).

At approximately 5:06 p.m. (HST), 12:06 p.m. Tokyo time on Oct. 29, 2010, a separating 1,000 km class ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii.

JS KIRISHIMA crew members detected and tracked the target. The Aegis Weapon System then developed a fire control solution and launched a Standard Missile -3 (SM-3) Block IA missile. Approximately three minutes later, the SM-3 successfully intercepted the target approximately 100 miles above the Pacific Ocean.

JFTM-4 is a significant milestone in the growing cooperation between Japan and the United States in the area of missile defense.

Also participating in the test was USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and USS Russel (DDG 59), Aegis ships which cooperated to detect, track and conduct a simulated intercept engagement against the same target.

For more news from Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrh/.

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An SM-3 (Block 1A) missile is launched from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Kirishima (DD 174), successfully intercepting a ballistic missile target.
101029-N-XXXXX-004 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 29, 2010) An SM-3 (Block 1A) missile is launched from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Kirishima (DD 174), successfully intercepting a ballistic missile target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. The test was conducted as a Japan and U.S. joint exercise, with the U.S. Navy Aegis guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and the U.S. Navy Aegis guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) detection and tracking cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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