Bringing Order to Chaos

MDA successfully conducts first-ever integrated live-fire test of Aegis, THAAD and PAC 3 missile defense systems
 

USS Fitzgerald Lockheed Martin’s Aegis BMD system, THAAD and PAC-3 Missile systems worked together to detect, track, engage and defeat two ballistic missile targets and one cruise missile-like targets during a live-fire test on Oct. 24. The USS Fitzgerald, shown in a file photo, successfully engaged a low flying cruise missile over water. Courtesy U.S. Navy.

In the heat of battle, the ability to bring order to that chaos often means the difference between winning and losing, and that’s what the Missile Defense Agency was able to do during a recent complex, live-fire test featuring Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System , Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile systems.

During the first-ever test of the three systems conducted by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Oct. 24, the three systems worked together to detect, track, engage and defeat two ballistic missile targets and one cruise missile-like targets.

“Today’s success demonstrates the strides that have been made in missile defense technologies and the maturity and reliability of these systems,” said Dennis Cavin, vice president of Army and Missile Defense Programs for Lockheed Martin. “This test demonstrates the benefits of a layered, interoperable approach that can help protect the U.S. and allies from increasing security concerns around the world.”

Known as Flight Test Integrated-01, these different sensors and weapons systems were integrated through the Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system, also developed by Lockheed Martin.  The C2BMC is the integrating element for the Ballistic Missile Defense System and links the various sensors and weapon systems.

Conducted at the Regan Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific, the test successfully demonstrated the integration capabilities of the U.S.’s missile defense systems. During the test:

  • The THAAD system detected, tracked and destroyed an Extended Long Range Air Launch Target missile.
  • The Patriot system detected and tracked another short-range ballistic missile target and ripple fired two Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missiles to destroy it.
  • The Aegis BMD equipped USS Fitzgerald successfully engaged a low flying cruise missile over water. 

A world leader in systems integration and the development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, Lockheed Martin makes significant contributions to major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile defense partnerships.

Posted on October 25, 2012