Table of Aegis SM-3 Intercept Tests (April 27, 2013) (Updated May 16, 2013)

Below is table of Aegis SM-3 intercept tests since testing resumed in 2002.  Subsequent posts will discuss the Aegis system configurations and individual tests in more detail.  Click on either half of the table for a more readable version.

Key for targets: S = short-range (<1,000 km), M = medium range (1,000-3,000 km), IR = intermediate-range (3,000-5,500 km), U = Unitary (warhead does not separate from rocket booster), Sp = separating warhead.  For ships, (J) = Japanese destroyer (versions of Aegis BMD weapon may be somewhat different from equivalent US versions listed).   ? = don’t know/not sure.

AegisTestsTable1

AegisTestTable1

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  1. yousaf

     /  April 27, 2013

    so there’s just the one classified engagement that may have had decoys?

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    • Yousaf,

      I don’t think the word “complex” necessarily means decoys. There is at least one other test (FTM-18) that also uses the word “complex” to describe the target. However, in that case, it was clearly referring to an intentional debris cloud as the source of the complexity (I will add this to the table). I would suspect that it might be a similar situation with FTM-11a. I would guess that if they had conducted a successful test against decoys they would be advertising that fact rather than classifying.

      I don’t know why this one test is classified, but if I had to guess (and this is pure speculation), perhaps the target was an actual foreign missile that they had acquired somehow.

      George

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  2. Yousaf,
    I don’t think the word “complex” necessarily means decoys. There is at least one other intercept test (FTM-18) that also uses the word “complex” to describe the target. However, in that case, it was clearly referring to an intentional debris cloud as the source of the complexity (I will add this to the table). I would suspect that it might be a similar situation with FTM-11a. I would guess that if they had conducted a successful test against decoys they would be advertising that fact rather than classifying it.
    I don’t know why this one test is classified, but if I had to guess (and this is pure speculation), perhaps the target was an actual foreign missile that they had acquired somehow.
    George

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