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April 15, 2011

Unproven Missile Defense Defies Presidential Skepticism, Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile (Again, at Night Even)

Something even a Third World country can be proud of.

As the IRBM target continued along its trajectory, the firing ship’s AN/SPY-1 radar detected and acquired the ballistic missile target. The firing ship’s Aegis BMD weapon system uplinked target track information to the SM-3 Block IA missile. The SM-3 maneuvered to a point in space as designated by the fire control solution and released its kinetic warhead. The kinetic warhead acquired the target, diverted into its path, and, using only force of a direct impact, destroyed the threat in a “hit-to-kill” intercept.

Unproven. Unreliable. Expensive. And sassy!


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