The non-intercept scenario tested the safe launch and fly-out of an SM-3 Block IB against a simulated target; an intercept flight test is scheduled for next year.
"The capability to deploy the SM-3 at sea and on land gives combatant commanders operational, deployment and logistical flexibility," said Dr.
The land-based system uses the same SM-3 missile deployed on Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ships today and currently holds 24 SM-3 missiles at one time. The Aegis Ashore system also possesses the capacity for additional launchers and missiles.
"The SM-3 Block IB deployed for the first time earlier this year at sea, and the success of this Aegis Ashore test keeps us on track to deploy the missile on land in 2015," said Dr.
According to the European Phased Adaptive Approach plan for missile defense, the first Aegis Ashore site will be operational in
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