Lockheed Martin's Missile Defense Systems Engage Multiple Targets During First
Ever Integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System Test
BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 25, 2012
BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LM)
Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3)
Missile and Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System
successfully engaged in the first-ever test of all three systems demonstrating
the integrated capabilities of today's U.S. regional missile defense systems.
These systems worked together to detect, track, engage and negate two
ballistic missile targets and one cruise missile-like target during a complex,
live-fire flight test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at the
Reagan Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific.
Known as Flight Test Integrated-01, these different sensors and weapons
systems were integrated through the Command and Control, Battle Management,
and Communications (C2BMC) system, also developed by Lockheed Martin. The
C2BMC is the integrating element for the Ballistic Missile Defense System and
links the various sensors and weapon systems.
"Today's success demonstrates the strides that have been made in missile
defense technologies and the maturity and reliability of these systems," said
Dennis Cavin, Vice President for Army and Missile Programs at Lockheed Martin.
"This test demonstrates the benefits of a layered, interoperable approach that
can help protect the U.S. and allies from increasing security concerns around
The flight test began with an Extended Long Range Air Launch Target (E-LRALT)
missile airdropped over the broad ocean area north of Wake Island from a U.S.
Air Force C-17 aircraft, staged from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,
Hawaii.The AN/TPY-2 X-band radar, located with the THAAD system on Meck
Island, tracked the E-LRALT and a THAAD interceptor successfully intercepted
the Medium-Range Ballistic Missile.THAAD was operated by Soldiers from the
Another short-range ballistic missile was launched from a mobile launch
platform located in the broad ocean area northeast of Kwajalein Atoll.The
PATRIOT system, manned by soldiers of the 94^th AAMDC, detected, tracked and
successfully intercepted the target with a PAC-3 interceptor. Additionally, a
second PAC-3 interceptor also intercepted a low flying cruise missile target
The USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) successfully engaged a low flying cruise missile
over water. The Aegis system also tracked and launched an SM-3 Block 1A
interceptor against a Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM). However, despite
indication of a nominal flight of the SM-3 Block 1A interceptor, there was no
indication of an intercept of the SRBM.
FTI-01 was a combined developmental and operational test. Soldiers, Sailors,
and Airmen from multiple Combatant Commands operated the systems and were
provided a unique opportunity to refine operational doctrine and tactics.
Program officials continue to assess and evaluate system performance based
upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.
Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the development
of air and missile defense systems and technologies, including the first
operational hit-to-kill interceptor. It also has considerable experience in
interceptor design and production, infrared seekers, command and
control/battle management and communications, precision pointing and tracking
optics, as well as radar and signal processing. The company makes significant
contributions to major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in
several global missile defense partnerships.
The MDA and the Navy are jointly developing Aegis BMD as part of the United
States' Ballistic Missile Defense System. Currently, a total of 30 Aegis
BMD-equipped warships - 26 in the U.S. Navy and four in the Japanese Maritime
Self-Defense Force - have the certified capability to engage ballistic
missiles and perform long-range surveillance and tracking missions. The number
of U.S. BMD ships is expected to increase to 32 by 2014.
Since 2006, the THAAD program has successfully completed 12 flight tests, with
ten-for-ten intercepts. THAAD and Aegis BMD are the only missile defense
systems with the operational flexibility to intercept in both the endo- and
exo-atmospheres to provide versatile capability to the Warfighter.
The 'hit-to-kill' PAC-3 Missile is the world's most advanced, capable and
powerful theater air defense missile. It defeats the entire threat to the
Patriot Air Defense System: tactical ballistic missiles carrying weapons of
mass destruction, advanced cruise missiles and aircraft.
Separately, as part of the Kwajalein Range Service (KRS) joint venture,
Lockheed Martin employees directed and controlled the radar, telemetry and
optics systems on this test at the newly established Ronald Reagan Ballistic
Missile Defense Test Site Operations Center in Huntsville. The corporation
also recently helped the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
transition testing activities from the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll to this
operations center, where the first remote missile defense test was controlled
and conducted in February. Lockheed Martin supported that milestone with
facility selection, design and preparation – and provided hardware and
software programs to facilitate these net-centric distributed operations.
Through KRS, Lockheed Martin has supported more than 125 missile defense
tests, managing range operations and maintenance on Kwajalein since 2003.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.
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