MDA Tests Missile Defence During Routine Air Force Launch

25 August 2009 (Last Updated August 25th, 2009 18:30)

The Missile Defence Agency (MDA) of the US has managed to test aspects of the ballistic missile defense system (BMDS), during a routine operational test of a US Air Force strategic missile. The participation enabled the MDA to conduct numerous exercises and obtain extensive data without

The Missile Defence Agency (MDA) of the US has managed to test aspects of the ballistic missile defense system (BMDS), during a routine operational test of a US Air Force strategic missile.

The participation enabled the MDA to conduct numerous exercises and obtain extensive data without incurring the expense associated with launching a test-specific target missile.

The air force test, called Glory Trip 195, was a part of a continuing programme to evaluate and demonstrate the operational readiness of US ground-based strategic deterrent force.

New systems tested within BMDS included the sea-based X-band radar (SBX), a transportable AN/TPY-2 X-band radar and an external sensors laboratory to collect data during the exercise.

The data will be used to improve sensor capabilities and in reducing risks for future BMDS tests.