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Aegis Combat System Intercepts Medium Range Ballistic Missile in Test
Aegis-equipped USS JOHN FINN

The latest evolution of the Aegis Combat System, Baseline 9.C2 (BMD5.1) successfully detected, tracked, engaged and launched a missile to intercept a Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target.

Aegis Baseline 9.C2 flawlessly detected, tracked, and engaged a ballistic missile target during the event which took place aboard the USS JOHN FINN today.

The test, called Flight Test Standard Missile–45, demonstrated the integrated capabilities of the Aegis Weapon System and how it has continually evolved to counter advanced threats. This test demonstrated the new engagement assessment functionality, bi-directional missile communications and sensor improvement algorithms.

"This test authenticates the strengthening global security of the United States and its allies as we deepen the defense capabilities with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System," said Paul Klammer, director, Aegis BMD.

This test builds upon joint research investments by the United States and Japan and comes on the heels of a successful test with the JS ATAGO (DDG 177) in September. Lockheed Martin is developing a Baseline 9/BMD 5.1 variant computer program, for deployment on Japan's Aegis destroyers.

 

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