Raytheon Company (NYSE :RTN ) has announced its SM-3 Block IB missile intercepted a ballistic missile target during an intercept flight test in cooperation the US Missile Defense Agency and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the company said.
This marks the first time Japan has tested the sophisticated interceptor as announced by MDA.
The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and the interceptor was launched from the Japanese ship JS Atago (DDG-177), verifying the newest ballistic missile defense engagement capability of the upgraded destroyer.
The flight test mission is a significant milestone in missile defense cooperation between Japan and the US. Japan currently employs the SM-3 Block IA interceptor, but the IB variant´s improved two-color seeker and upgraded throttling divert and attitude control system enables engagements with a larger set of threats.
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