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Flight Test: Ballistic Missile Intercepted
This February, a Standard Missile ? 3 (SM-3) Block 1A interceptor was launched from the USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test in the mid-Pacific. The SM-3 Block 1A successfully intercepted a target missile that had been launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility of Kauai, HI. The LAKE ERIE?S crew detected and tracked the target and its weapons system developed a fire control solution. The crew then launched the SM-3, with the intercept occurring a few minutes later. This test was the 24th successful intercept test in 30 flight test attempts for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program since flight testing began in 2002.
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