Current MDA News ReleasesMay 17, 2016 - Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test involving the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility located on Kauai, Hawaii. At approximately 9:02 p.m. (Hawaii Standard Time, May 17; 3:02 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, May 18) the target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. John Paul Jones, positioned west of Hawaii, detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 Weapon System. This was a non-intercept test, and the ship did not launch any rounds during this engagement.May 13, 2016 - Aegis Ashore
United States and Polish officials commemorated the start of the construction phase of an Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) complex during a ceremony here today. Aegis Ashore, a critical part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), is a land-based capability of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System constructed to defend NATO populations, territory, and forces against ballistic missile threats from outside the Euro-Atlantic area. The EPAA concept is the U.S.’s multi-phase effort to support NATO BMD, which includes for using BMD-capable Aegis ships, Aegis Ashore Missile Defense sites, a forward deployed radar in Turkey, and a command and control network located at Ramstein AB, Germany.May 12, 2016 - Aegis Ashore
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th (CNE-CNA/C6F), recognized a key milestone to complete Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach by deeming the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Romania as operationally certified in a ceremony held in Deveselu, May 12. This ballistic missile defense system represents a significant increase in the capability to defend NATO European territory from attacks originating outside the Euro-Atlantic area, and is a key milestone in the development of NATO ballistic missile defense.Jan. 28, 2016 - Ground-based Midcourse Defense
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Northern Command, today conducted a non-intercept flight test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). A long-range ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., successfully evaluating performance of alternate divert thrusters for the system’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.Jan. 15, 2016 - Administrative
The Missile Defense Agency has designated the Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Facility (SERE East), Redington Township, Maine as an Alternative Considered, but Not Carried Forward for a potential additional missile interceptor site.Dec. 21, 2015 - International Cooperation
The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed a series of tests of the David's Sling Weapon System. This test series, designated David's Sling Test-4 (DST-4), was the fourth series of tests of the David's Sling Weapon System and the final milestone before declaring delivery of an operational system to the Israeli Air Force in 2016. The test series was conducted at a test range in southern Israel.
STATE DEPT: U.S. - Romania Joint Statement on the Technical Capability of the Aegis Ashore Site at Deveselu, Military Base, RomaniaDec. 18, 2015 - Aegis Ashore
The United States and Romania are committed to enhancing bilateral ties and working to strengthen security in the Euro-Atlantic area. In the context of their Strategic Partnership, the United States and Romania are pleased to announce today that major military components of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) in Romania, a key element in Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), are completed and have been handed over to the operational commander for future integration into the NATO Ballistic Missile Defense architecture.