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Ground-based Midcourse Defense System Conducts Successful Flight Test

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.

SERE East Designated as Alternative Considered but Not Carried Forward

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.

IMDO and MDA Successfully Complete Series of David's Sling Weapon System Intercept Tests

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, Romania

Dec. 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.

Standard Missile Completes First Intercept Test from Aegis Ashore Test Site

Dec. 10, 2015 - Aegis Ashore

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, in conjunction with U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. European Command, and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, successfully conducted a successful first intercept flight test today of a land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system and Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IB Threat Upgrade missile, launched from the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai, Hawaii. 

IMDO and MDA Successfully Complete First Arrow-3 Ballistic Missile Defense Engagement

Dec. 10, 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) conducted a successful first engagement of a ballistic missile target with the Arrow-3 interceptor on December 10, 2015. This test was conducted from an Israeli test range and was led by the Israeli Air Force and the Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI).

U.S.-Japan Cooperative Development Project Conducts Successful Flight Test of Standard Missile-3 Block IIA

Dec. 8, 2015 - International Cooperation

The Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD) Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, announced the successful completion of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA flight test from the Point Mugu Sea Range, San Nicolas Island, California. This test, designated SM-3 Block IIA Cooperative Development Controlled Test Vehicle-02, was a live fire of the SM-3 Block IIA. The missile successfully demonstrated flyout through kinetic warhead ejection. No intercept was planned, and no target missile was launched.