USS John Paul Jones Aegis BMD System Intercepts Target Missile

Story Number: NNS170830-13Release Date: 8/30/2017 1:06:00 PM
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From Missile Defense Agency

KAUAI, Hawaii (NNS) -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a complex missile defense flight test, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target using Standard Missile (SM) 6 guided missiles during a test off the coast of Hawaii Aug. 30.

John Paul Jones detected and tracked a target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar and onboard SM-6 missiles executed the intercept.

"We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone in giving our Aegis BMD (Ballistic Missile Defense) ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase," said MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves. "We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves."

This test, designated Flight Test Standard Missile (FTM) 27 Event 2, marks the second time that an SM-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target.

Aegis BMD is the naval component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. MDA and the U.S. Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD program. Additional information about all elements of the ballistic missile defense system can be found here.

MDA Media Contacts: Lt. Col. JB Brindle at (571) 231-8374 or and Chris Johnson at (571) 231-8212 or

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) steams into position during an Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) exercise.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong (Released)
March 18, 2008
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