Home/Inside the Navy/USS Ross Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target During Coalition Test
NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 20, 2015) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) as part of an at-sea demonstration showcasing its ability to intercept a short-range ballistic missile target, Oct. 20, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mike Wright/ Released)
USS Ross Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target During Coalition Test
USS Ross (DDG 71) successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target in the North Atlantic Ocean during the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum’s At Sea Demonstration (ASD) Oct. 20, 2015.
This is first time a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA guided interceptor was fired on a non-U.S. range and the first intercept of a ballistic missile threat in the European theater.
For the scenario, a short-range Terrier Orion ballistic missile target was launched from Hebrides Range and was inflight simultaneously with two anti-ship cruise missiles fired at the coalition task group. Ross fired a SM-3 and successfully engaged the ballistic missile target in space. In its air defense role, USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) fired a SM-2, which is the first time a SM-2 was fired on the Hebrides Range.