Navy, Lockheed Martin test Aegis Combat System against ballistic missiles

PACIFIC MISSILE FIRING RANGE, Hawaii. The USS John Paul Jones -- with support from the U.S. Navy, the Missile Defense Agency, and Lockheed Martin -- successfully fired two Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Dual I missiles against a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Aegis Combat System on August 29, according to Lockheed Martin officials.

During the test, the system detected, tracked, engaged and launched both missiles to intercept a medium range ballistic missile target. The test, called Flight Test Standard Missile–27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2), demonstrated the system's updated software capabilities.

SM-6, says , offers over-the-horizon offensive and defensive capability by using the previously designed Standard Missile airframe and propulsion system to support anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense.

A medium-range ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (Hawaii) during Flight Test Standard Missile-27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2) on August 29, 2017. The target was successfully intercepted by SM-6 missiles fired from the Aegis Combat System onboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). Photo credit: Missile Defense Agency.

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