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Ground Test Demonstrates Phased Adaptive Approach

11-NEWS-0017
September 29, 2011

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed a ground test involving several distributed Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) elements.  Data collected during the test, conducted Sept.12-16, demonstrated BMDS Phase 1 capabilities of the Phased Adaptive Approach to defend European allies and deployed forces from ballistic missile threats by simultaneously executing multiple theater engagements.

This event was designated Ground Test Distributed-04d (GTD-04d) Part 1. Participants included Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), a forward-based AN/TPY-2 X-band transportable radar, the Command, Control Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system, and other BMDS assets.

Successful integration testing was accomplished for the first time in an operational environment between BMDS Phased Adaptive Approach Phase 1 capabilities and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD) system.