MDA Reports Successful Aegis SM-3 Block IB Intercept Test (October 4, 2013)

The MDA has announced that yesterday  it conducted a successful intercept test of an SM-3 Block IB interceptor against a seperating medium-range target.  This test, designated FTM-22 , would be the fifth successful intercept test of the SM-3 Block IB after the first intercept test failed.  The MDA has previously stated that successfully completing FTM-22 would allow full rate production of the Block IB interceptor to begin.

The image below (from MDA) was made before test.