Release No: NR-331-14
June 22, 2014
Target Missile Intercepted Over the Pacific Ocean During Missile Defense Exercise
The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint
Functional Component Command, Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Northern
Command and the U.S. Navy completed an integrated exercise of the
Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation’s Ballistic
Missile Defense System (BMDS). During the test today, a long-range
ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base,
California, intercepted an intermediate-range ballistic missile target
launched from the U.S. Army’s Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the
Republic of the Marshall Islands.
The test, designated Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor-06b (FTG-06b),
will provide the data necessary to assess the performance of numerous
BMDS elements for homeland defense.
Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring, Missile Defense Agency director, said,
“I am very proud of the government and industry team conducting the test
today. Their professionalism and dedication made this test a success.”
He added, “This is a very important step in our continuing efforts to
improve and increase the reliability of our homeland ballistic missile
defense system. We’ll continue efforts to ensure our deployed
Ground-based Interceptors and our overall homeland defensive
architecture continue to provide the warfighter an effective and
dependable system to defend the country.”
For this exercise, a threat-representative, intermediate-range ballistic
missile target was launched from the Reagan Test Site. The U.S. Navy
destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70), with its Aegis Weapon System, detected
and tracked the target using its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar, which provided
data to the GMD fire control system via the Command, Control, Battle
Management and Communication (C2BMC) system. The Sea-Based X-Band radar
also tracked the target, and relayed information to the GMD fire control
system to assist in the target engagement and collect test data.
About six minutes after target launch, the Ground-Based Interceptor was
launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base. A three-stage booster rocket
system propelled the interceptor’s Capability Enhancement II EKV into
the target missile’s projected trajectory in space. The kill vehicle
maneuvered to the target, performed discrimination, and intercepted the
threat warhead with “hit to kill” technology, using only the force of
the direct collision between the interceptor and the target to destroy
the target warhead. This was the first intercept using the second-
generation Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.
An operational crew of U.S. Army soldiers from the 100th Missile Defense
Brigade, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, remotely
launched the interceptor.
Initial indications are that all components performed as designed.
Program officials will spend the next several months conducting an
extensive assessment and evaluation of system performance based upon
telemetry and other data obtained during the test.
The test was the 65th successful hit-to-kill intercept of 81 attempts
since 2001 for the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The GMD element of
the system has completed four intercepts using the operationally
configured interceptor since 2006. Operational Ground-Based Interceptors
are currently deployed at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force
Base, protecting the nation, our friends, and allies against a limited
long-range ballistic missile attack.
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Test is 1st intercept using an enhanced version Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 22, 2014
– In a complex test today over the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Missile
Defense Agency and an industry team led by Boeing [NYSE: BA] intercepted
and destroyed a target in flight using the Ground-Based Midcourse
Defense (GMD) system.
This was a successful test using an enhanced version of the
Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), a device attached to the intercept
booster, that flew on its own, hit and destroyed the target.
“Today’s test demonstrated the system’s performance under an expanded
set of conditions that reflect real-world operational requirements,”
said Jim Chilton, vice president and general manager, Boeing Strategic
Missile & Defense Systems. “Working together with our government,
military and industry partners, we have delivered a capability that
continues to demonstrate its readiness and reliability to protect the
The test began at 2:49 p.m. Eastern time when a threat-representative
target was launched into the Pacific Range from the Marshall Islands.
With tracking data from the Boeing-developed Sea-based X-band Radar and
the Aegis SPY-1 radar, ship-based military operators launched the
ground-based interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The EKV was released while the interceptor was in space. The EKV
received updates from the GMD system, detected and tracked the target
and destroyed it through a high-speed impact. This test met several key
objectives, including achieving a long flight time and high-velocity
“The operational complexity of the GMD system is a major engineering
challenge, but we have drawn upon our unmatched expertise to work toward
today’s successful intercept,” said Norm Tew, Boeing vice president and
GMD program director. “This test enables us to continually modernize
and improve the system, providing even greater capabilities to protect
With interceptors at Vandenberg and Fort Greely, Alaska, GMD is an
integral element of the United States' layered ballistic missile defense
architecture. The program consists of command-and-control facilities,
communications terminal, and a 20,000-mile fiber-optic communications
network that interface with ballistic missile defense radars and other
sensors. Boeing has been prime contractor since 2001 and works with
partners Northrop Grumman, Orbital ATK and Raytheon.
Target Supports Realistic Testing of Missile Defense System
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 22, 2014 – Lockheed Martin
successfully flew an LV-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile target
today for a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system conducted
by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
Lockheed Martin launched the unarmed missile target from a ground
platform at the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall
Islands. Preliminary analysis shows that the target met requirements for
To support testing of the missile defense system, Lockheed Martin
configured the 45-foot-long target to closely mirror the capabilities of
ground-launched enemy missiles that can travel 3,000 to 5,500
kilometers (1,800 to 3,400 miles).
“Our team’s experience in developing targets and conducting launch
operations allows us to deliver threat-representative targets to support
the Missile Defense Agency in testing and exercising deployed weapon
systems,” said Jeff Kepley, director of the Targets and Countermeasures
Program, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
For each LV-2 mission, Lockheed Martin assembles a target from
standardized components to replicate a specific threat missile, without
the time and expense of one-of-a-kind development.
This test marked the fifth LV-2 mission since 2010, bringing Lockheed
Martin’s overall reliability record to 46 successes out of 47 target
missions since 1996. The company’s unmatched 98-percent mission success
rate includes short-, medium- and intermediate-range target missiles
launched from ground, air and sea platforms.