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Rumrunner
31 Jul 09,, 15:35
From:
Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Test Successful (http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47327)

KAUAI, Hawaii (NNS) -- In conjunction with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Pacific Fleet ships and crews successfully conducted the latest Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) at-sea firing event on July 30.

During this event, entitled Stellar Avenger, the Aegis BMD-equipped ship, USS Hopper (DDG 70), detected, tracked, fired and guided a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block (Blk) IA to intercept a sub-scale short range ballistic missile. The target was launched from the Kauai Test Facility, co-located on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sands, Kauai. It was the 19th successful intercept in 23 at-sea firings, for the Aegis BMD Program, including the February 2008 destruction of the malfunctioning satellite above the earth's atmosphere.

Stellar Avenger was part of the continual evaluation of the certified and fielded Aegis BMD system at-sea today.

At approximately 5:40 pm(HST), 11:40 pm (EDT), a target was launched from PMRF (from the former USS Tripoli (LPH-10)). Three U.S. Navy Aegis BMD-equipped ships, the cruiser, USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and destroyers USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS O'Kane (DDG 77) detected and tracked the target with their SPY radars. Each developed fire control solutions. At 5:42 pm(HST), 11:42 pm (EDT) the crew of USS Hopper fired one SM-3 Blk IA missile. The USS Hopper's Aegis BMD Weapon System successfully guided the SM-3 to a direct body to body hit, approximately two minutes after leaving the ship. The intercept occurred about 100 miles above the Pacific Ocean.

USS O'Kane conducted a simulated engagement of the target. USS Lake Erie, with its recently installed upgraded Aegis BMD 4.0.1 Weapons System, detected and tracked the same target.

After Stellar Avenger, the same three ships participated in the first live engineering evaluation of Aegis BMD's next system upgrade. Engineers and
ships crews recently completed installation and evaluation of an advanced version of the Aegis BMD weapon system. For the first time, the USS Lake Erie used this advanced system during a live firing to evaluate all fire control functions, including launch of a simulated SM-3 Blk IB. This is a typical step in the evaluation of any advancement in the Aegis weapon system. The USS Lake Erie will fire the new SM-3 Blk IB using this advanced weapon system in late 2010. This advanced Aegis BMD system will improve the probability of kill against advanced threats.

MDA and the U.S. Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD Program. Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors of Moorestown, New Jersey is the Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) and prime contractor for the Aegis BMD Weapon System and Vertical Launch System installed in Aegis equipped cruisers and destroyers. Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona is the prime contractor for the SM-3 missile and all previous variants of Standard Missile.

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Dreadnought
03 Aug 09,, 13:46
Excellent.:)

Johnny W
03 Aug 09,, 18:07
IMO, this adds a significant capability to our forces. A highly mobile, self contained, and apparently effective abm system will give the president some interesting options in potential future conflicts.

avon1944
04 Aug 09,, 04:47
The best part of the navy's handling ABM defenses is that it doesn't take place over anyone's land therefore, the peace activist nor anti-ABM people... these people have little way to express their displeasure. So the USA develops ABM technology without having to 'farm-out' to other countries like Israel. The Navy can develop an ABM without any protesters and they can only be amazed when they finally read of the aegis ships intercepting satellites.

RustyBattleship
04 Aug 09,, 05:21
The best part of the navy's handling ABM defenses is that it doesn't take place over anyone's land therefore, the peace activist nor anti-ABM people... these people have little way to express their displeasure. So the USA develops ABM technology without having to 'farm-out' to other countries like Israel. The Navy can develop an ABM without any protesters and they can only be amazed when they finally read of the aegis ships intercepting satellites.

I'm going to play Devil's advocate here just to show how far out protesters can be:

WHAT? You polluted the air with rocket exhausts and an explosion spreading toxic contaminants of fuel and explosive that will drift around the earth.

WHAT? You fired and blew up the missile over the ocean? And where did all the pieces fall? Back into the ocean to contaminate the sea bottom with rusting steel, oxydizing aluminum and whatever chemicals were still inside the missile fuel tanks.

What if one of the big pieces hit and killed a rare Sperm Whale? What about fish that will be poisoned by the decomposing parts?


It doesn't take much of an imagination of a person with minimal education and nothing else better to do than get his 15 minutes of fame.

Anyway, good shooting. I guess all that work we did when I was at the shipyard with Talos, Sea Sparrow, Nike, etc. that were to do the same thing is finally paying off. Took over half a century, but we're getting there.

By the way, wasn't it an SM-3 that took out that satellite? A lot of people were amazed at that. Not for the accuracy but for the fact that an SM 3 can go that high into what is technically outer space and still guide itself to a target.

Dreadnought
04 Aug 09,, 13:31
Anyway, good shooting. I guess all that work we did when I was at the shipyard with Talos, Sea Sparrow, Nike, etc. that were to do the same thing is finally paying off. Took over half a century, but we're getting there.


*I can relate Mr. L. it took a long, long time for that tilt rotor flying around over in Iraq to come to fruitation along with the advanced helo's they are using. Pay dirt.:))

Rumrunner
04 Aug 09,, 13:35
By the way, wasn't it an SM-3 that took out that satellite? A lot of people were amazed at that. Not for the accuracy but for the fact that an SM 3 can go that high into what is technically outer space and still guide itself to a target.

Yep - A single SM-3, slightly modified, launched from the USS Lake Erie (CG-70) hit the satellite some 133 nautical miles over the Pacific when the satellites was traveling at 17,000mph. It was guided to the target by the Cruisers AEGIS system and the SBX platform. This is an actual pic of the missile launch:
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Sorry for the huge pic...
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Albany Rifles
04 Aug 09,, 14:38
Question: What would the load out be for a Ti class cruiser on ABM duty? How many SM-3s? SM-2s. etc.

RustyBattleship
04 Aug 09,, 17:42
Question: What would the load out be for a Ti class cruiser on ABM duty? How many SM-3s? SM-2s. etc.

To me, that would be a "Need to Know" question.

Since the cells were designed to be capable of firing various types of missiles, I strongly doubt anyone will give you an accurate answer. The only ones who would know EXACTLY what kinds of missiles and how many are in the cells at any one time would be the C.O., X.O., Weapons Officer and some (but not all) GM(M) crew members.

Dreadnought
04 Aug 09,, 17:45
To me, that would be a "Need to Know" question.

Since the cells were designed to be capable of firing various types of missiles, I strongly doubt anyone will give you an accurate answer. The only ones who would know EXACTLY what kinds of missiles and how many are in the cells at any one time would be the C.O., X.O., Weapons Officer and some (but not all) GM(M) crew members.

Most agreed that information has very few recievers onboard.

dundonrl
15 Aug 09,, 07:53
To me, that would be a "Need to Know" question.

Since the cells were designed to be capable of firing various types of missiles, I strongly doubt anyone will give you an accurate answer. The only ones who would know EXACTLY what kinds of missiles and how many are in the cells at any one time would be the C.O., X.O., Weapons Officer and some (but not all) GM(M) crew members.

actually, anyone that has access to CIC can see the exact loadout of the VLS cells.. but that's still classified secret..