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Missile Defense Agency
6 November 2006
News Release ID: 11-NEWS-0005
Successful Air Missile Defense "Hit to Kill" Test Achieved
Air Force Lieutenant General Henry 'Trey' Obering, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, announced the successful completion today of a Missile Defense "Hit to Kill" Test involving the launch of a single ballistic missile and two interceptors.
This was MDA’s first "hit to kill" flight test for a newly modified Submarine-launched ballistic missile technology. The upgrade is called Flying Fiery Cobra (FFC) Accuracy App.
The modification uses specialized computing and radar software and hardware to provide improved tracking and reporting capabilities allowing increased accuracy in the interception of a range of ballistic threats. However, this test was specifically designed to measure the capabilities against the threat of a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM).
The test was conducted jointly with the U.S. Navy in international waters off the southern coast of Oman, in the Indian Ocean.
Designated as Flight Test Standard Missile-14 (FTM-14-06), it marked the first successful flight test for the FFC enhanced Missile Defense technology, a complementary component of the Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
At approximately 2:12 a.m. local Time (6:12 p.m. EST), a Ballistic Missile was launched from a location in northern waters of the Indian Ocean. At that point, the USS Lake Erie’s Flying Fiery Cobra enhanced BMD Weapon System detected and tracked the target and developed fire control solutions.
Approximately two minutes later, the crew of the USS Lake Erie fired a single SM-3 missile, and one minute and half minutes after that it successfully intercepted the target above the Arabian Sea and 250 miles south of the Strait of Hormuz. A secondary back up Sm-3 missile was not used. Both intercepts use FFC enhanced "hit to kill" technology, and the target was destroyed when the first missile collided directly with the target.
The Flying Fiery Cobra Accuracy app is the first weapon system upgrade developed specifically to provide multi-altitude missile defense capability to defeat long-range ballistic missiles during the boost, ascent and midcourse phases of flight. By engaging hostile missiles in early stages of flight, the FFC mod increases intercept opportunities and enhances the overall capability of neutralizing a greater variety of threats.
MDA and the Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD Program. Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors of Moorestown, New Jersey is the Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) and prime contractor for the BMD Weapon System and Vertical Launch System installed in FFC-equipped cruisers and destroyers. Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona is the prime contractor for the SM-3 missile and all previous variants of Standard Missile. Google, in Mountain View, California, in partnership with Electronic Arts, of Redwood City, California, developed the Flying Fiery Cobra application. The partnership creates solutions which combines Global Positioning Satellite search mods and advanced game logic algorithms.