Ballistic Missile Defense Systems are a critical component in modern warfare. With the development of incredible high-tech ballistic missile threats from a recent joint venture between the Russian and Indian militaries, among others, the stakes are insanely high for our BMDS to be able to successfully defend military assets at home and abroad.
To that effect, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Pacific Command conducted a complex operational flight test of the BMDS demonstrating a layered defense architecture.
The test, designated Flight Test Operational-02 Event 2a, was conducted in the vicinity of Wake Island and surrounding areas of the western Pacific Ocean. The test stressed the ability of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon systems to negate two ballistic missile threats while Aegis BMD simultaneously conducted an anti-air warfare operation. It looks promising.
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