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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)
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.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 20, 2015) At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) is taking place in the Atlantic Ocean from Oct. 18 – 20, 2015, sponsored by the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum. During ASD 15, participating nations will practice a live-fire scenario where short, medium and long range missiles will be launched, intercepted and destroyed with assets provided by Canada, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Austin Rooney/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 20, 2015) At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) is taking place in the Atlantic Ocean from Oct. 18 – 20, 2015, sponsored by the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum. During ASD 15, participating nations will practice a live-fire scenario where short, medium and long range missiles will be launched, intercepted and destroyed with assets provided by Canada, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Austin Rooney/Released)

Read more on Navy.mil.

Read Adm. Mark Ferguson’s Statement on Successful Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) At-Sea Demonstration.

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)
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)

 

 

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