The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy are scheduled to conduct a Sea-Based Midcourse Defense (SMD) Flight Mission 3 (FM-3) test on Thursday, June 13. The test will involve firing of a developmental Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) from the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie, and the launch of an Aries ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii. The test launch window is scheduled to open at 9 p.m. EDT and stay open for four hours.
Equipped with the Aegis Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile Intercept computer programs and equipment, USS Lake Erie will track the Aries ballistic missile with the Aegis AN/SPY-1 radar. After a fire control solution is developed, the ship will launch the newly developed SM-3 against the Aries target. This test will be the first SMD intercept attempt of the ballistic missile target by the SM-3's kinetic warhead.
News media points of contact are Chris Taylor, Missile Defense Agency External Affairs, at (703) 697-8001 or (571) 232-0882 (cell) or Maj. Cathy Reardon at (703) 868-4993 or (571) 232-0892 (cell in Hawaii).