A target missile built by Lockheed Martin and launched from Hawaii was successfully intercepted by the Aegis cruiser USS Lake Erie:
This test of the Aegis system demonstrated its preparedness in defending against short- and medium-range ballistic missile threats. The MDA and the U.S. Navy are jointly developing Aegis BMD as part of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System and serves as the Combat System Engineering Agent for Aegis BMD.
“This mission demonstrated our teams’ integration and launch services capabilities that are important for realistic and rigorous testing of the Ballistic Missile Defense System,” said Jim Tevepaugh, program director, Targets and Countermeasures, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
The naval segment of the National Missile Defense system, which is keyed on the short and medium-range attacks, has been fairly successful. It’s too bad that the land-based system, which is responsible for the long-range ICBM attacks, has been far less so.