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Subject: SM-3 Scores Direct Hit on TBM Warhead - 9th in a row
Softwar    6/25/2007 9:11:26 AM Another successful test of a U.S. sea-based missile-defense system took place in the Pacific with the interception of a ballistic missile in mid-flight. The test off Hawaii was the ninth success in 11 tries for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and had officials looking ahead to operational deployment aboard U.S. Navy war ships. "With nine successful intercepts from three different ships with three different crews, we can now clearly see the potential to transfer this capability to any Aegis-equipped ship," Rear Adm. Brad Hicks said in a statement Friday night. The test saw the cruiser USS Port Royal lock on to the missile and feed the targeting data to the nearby destroyer USS Decatur. The Decatur launched a Standard Missile 3 that destroyed the ballistic missile outside Earth's atmosphere. The Aegis-equipped Spanish frigate Mendez Nunez was also involved in the test. Lockheed Martin said the test also involved the Port Royal establishing a networking connection with a ground-based Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system. The THAAD and Aegis exchanged targeting data to demonstrate the interoperability of the two missile-defense systems.
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displacedjim       6/25/2007 10:33:32 AM
Oh no, another American ABM-related offensive act!  If Putin hears about this and decides to retaliate by counter-attacking USN AEGIS ships before we launch our massive nuclear strike, I doubt France and Germany will be willing to join in our attack against Russia's defensive reaction!
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Softwar       6/25/2007 10:46:07 AM
In this test, a target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kaua'i, at 4:40 p.m. yesterday. It was a separating target, meaning the warhead separated from the booster rocket in flight.
The Navy destroyer USS Decatur, which is equipped with the Aegis Missile Defense System, tracked the target, worked out a solution for intercepting it, and launched a Standard Missile-3 that slammed into the target midway through its flight — 100 miles high outside the earth's atmosphere and several hundred miles from Kaua'i. The impact occurred four minutes into the target's flight.
"You don't have to be Einstein to understand that 10 interceptor rockets don't pose any threat to Russia and the Russian people," NATO's Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said via an interpreter in a debate on Russia's Ekho Moskvy radio station.
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