Missile test off Kauai a success

Video shows spectacular show of force of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System

 UPDATED 3:03 PM HST May 17, 2013
Navy missile test

The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Lake Erie launched a spectacular show of force in a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System off Kauai West Coast this week.

Using cameras galore to document the mission from up-close, mid-range and from the far away naked eye, a blip blasting through the air.

The target -- a separating short-range ballistic missile zipping over the Pacific Ocean.

The USS Lake Erie first tracked the missile by radar, then guided its weapon to strike on the mark.

A final show of heat in infrared.  It was the third consecutive successful intercept of its kind.

There have been 25 out of 31 successful flight tests since testing began in 2002.

PHOTOS: Missile test off Kauai
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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mathew Diendorf

A separating short-range ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF).  Following the target launch, the USS Lake Erie (CG-70) detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar.  The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched the SM-3 Block IB missile.  The SM-3 maneuvered to a point in space based on guidance from Aegis BMD Weapons Systems and released its kinetic warhead.  The kinetic warhead acquired the target, diverted into its path, and, using only the force of direct impact, destroyed the target.


Click here to see photos of the missile test from Kekaha.

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