TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Missile agency conducts largest test

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Los Angeles Times
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 9:36 p.m.
 

Multiple missiles screaming above the Pacific Ocean were successfully intercepted by the military's ballistic defense system in a test that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency is calling its biggest and most complex exercise to date.

The highly orchestrated event, which involved all three military branches, took place on Wednesday over a wide region in the western Pacific at a cost of $188 million, the agency said.

Missiles were launched from the ground, air and sea in an exercise that took about 30 minutes to complete.

“It was conducted to demonstrate the ability of the Ballistic Missile Defense System to defend against a raid of five near-simultaneous threats in an operationally relevant scenario,” said Pamela S. Rogers, an agency spokeswoman. “It was the first time in a live-fire test that multiple weapon systems engaged a raid of multiple targets near-simultaneously.”

During the test, Army personnel at a facility on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands used a system made by Lockheed Martin Corp. to track a medium-range target missile that was launched from a C-17 cargo jet. After stalking the target through radar, Army personnel then successfully sent a missile to blow it apart.

At the same time, other soldiers using the Patriot system made by Raytheon Co. detected, tracked and successfully intercepted a short-range ballistic missile. That target was launched from a mobile launch platform floating in the ocean in an area northeast of Kwajalein Atoll.

The destroyer Fitzgerald did not have the same success. The ship's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, built by Lockheed, was able to track and engage a low-flying target cruise missile zipping above the ocean. But the agency said that “there is no indication that it hit its target.”

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. U.S., Cuba to announce plan to open embassies
  2. Counties defy same-sex marriage ruling
  3. Charter lapses for Export-Import Bank; conservatives vow to block revival in House
  4. Supreme Court to take up mandated dues for public employees unions in next term
  5. New York prison chief, 11 employees put on leave in escape
  6. NSA resumes collection of phone data
  7. Nike’s chairman plans to step aside
  8. White House intruders beware: Spikes planned
  9. Emails from Clinton’s first year as secretary of State out
  10. Ten Commandments monument orderered removed from Oklahoma Capitol grounds
  11. FDA review of OxyContin abuse-deterrent version put on hold by maker