first published on August 31, 2017 by Sean
U.S. Navy conducts a successful ballistic missile shoot-down test with a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) off the Coast of Hawaii. Releasing a multi-view HD video of the launch this past week.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) released a multi-view video of a successful defensive ballistic missile test on Tuesday. Firing an Aegis Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) from the USS John Paul Jones, the missile intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) off the coast of Hawaii.
The “John Paul Jones detected and tracked a target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar, and onboard SM-6 missiles executed the intercept.”
“This test, designated Flight Test Standard Missile-27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2), marks the second time that an SM-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target.”
The SM-6 missile is a versatile anti-air, anti-surface, and sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense system built by Raytheon to support the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (ABMD). This missile defense system is designed to protect U.S. Navy ships and allies against short to intermediate range ballistic missiles.
The video release comes just one day after North Korea test fired a KN-17 intermediate-range missile over Japan on Monday. The North Korean launch triggered sirens and calls for civilians to take cover as the missile flew over the northern island of Hokkaido, and crashed into the ocean more than seven hundred miles to sea.