US Military Uses SM-6 Weapons in Missile Defense Test

Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:07am

Space.com reports that “the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy have launched their latest missile defense test in the Pacific Ocean in a successful demonstration that hurled two interceptors at an incoming medium-range ballistic missile.”

“The test occurred Dec. 14 and launched two Raytheon-built Standard Missile-6 Dual 1 (SM-6) missiles from the Navy destroyer USS John Paul Jones from just off the coast of Hawaii, MDA officials said in a statement. The two SM-6 projectiles were launched against a medium-range ballistic missile target as part of the MDA’s Sea-Based Terminal Program, using Navy ships equipped with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.”

“‘This test demonstrated the capabilities MDA and the Navy are delivering to our fleet commanders,’ MDA Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring said in a Dec. 14 statement. ‘The SM-6 missile and the Aegis Weapon System continue to prove that they are critical components of our nation’s multilayered, robust ballistic missile defense system.'”