Aegis BMD Stellar Minotaur (FTM-18) Flight Mission Success Quicklook


On June 26, 2012, the US Navy and the Missile Defense Agency achieved
another successful intercept of a ballistic missile target from the sea further validating the deployed Aegis
Ballistic Missile Defense engagement engagement capability. Flight test mission 18 validated
the performance of the second generation Aegis BMD system and Standard Missiles 3 block IB
against a medium range ballistic missile target which incorporates a separating
mock warhead. A US Navy Aegis cruiser was positioned
over 250 nautical miles off the coast of Kauai, conducting a simulated
wartime patrol. The ship used simulated operational
intelligence to configure the Aegis weapons system to protect the designated
defended area. Based on mission planner outputs the
ship’s crew programmed this SPY-1 radar to perform a search optimized for their
assigned ballistic missile defense mission The medium range target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility
on the island of Kauai. The ship’s crew was not informed of the exact targets location or
launch time. The target flew a nominal trajectory and
roughly halfway through the flight, the mock warhead separated from the booster
as the target rose above the horizon. The SPY-1 radar acquired the target
and placed it in track. The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapons
system developed the fire control solution, and the ship’s crew readied the ship for
missile launch. Several minutes after target launch, the
ship’s crew fired the SM-3 Blk IB The missile completed booster burn and
separation followed by second stage rocket motor burn and separation. An airborne camera tracks the missile
throughout most of its flight. During this stage of flight the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
weapon system uplinked guidance commands to the SM-3 Blk IB. After second stage separation,
the third stage rocket motor ignited propelling the SM-3 Blk IB up out of
the atmosphere and into space. After the first pulse of the third
stage burned out, the missile pitched over and ejected
the nosecone exposing the SM-3 Blk IB
Kinetic Warhead. The the missile pitched back towards
the target vehicle. While coasting, the Aegis weapons system
continues to refine the target track and update the SM-3 Blk IB with
the latest data. After a coast period, the second pulse of the third
stage is ignited. The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
weapons system provided a final updates with the most precise information
from the SPY-1 radar and ballistic missile defenses
signal processor. The kinetic wrhead was then ejected from the third stage. After separation, the throttable divert and attitude control
system, TDACS, was ignited. The kinetic warhead acquired the target
with the two color sensor, tracked the target and diverted to the
target. As range decreased, the target image
grew in the field of view. The improved divert and attitude control
systems two color seeker and advanced signal processor guided the kinetic warhead to intercept.
“Mark India”, a direct hit. This test demonstrated the systems
ability to acquire, track, and intercept a separating ballistic missile
warhead under operational conditions. Numerous ground, sea, and airbase platforms observes the intercept.
The energy from the impact is calculated to be in excess of
125 mega joules the equivalent of a 10 ton truck traveling
over 600mph, hitting a wall. Another successful intercept for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense which
further validates the deployed Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
engagement capability This was the second successful test
using the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.0.1 weapons system including the ballistic missile defense
signal processor and the Standard Missile-3 Blk IB missile. The engagement was performed under strict
operational testing conditions and again validated the capability to intercept
a separating ballistic missile target. This test was an important step for the
second generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.
Further testing this year will continue to confirm operational
effectiveness and suitability, leading to deployment in support of the
Phased Adaptive Approach, phase II. The Missile Defense Agency and the US Navy
are continuing to improve and deploy this Aegis Ballistic Missile
Defense capability and are on course to fulfill the commitments of the
Phased Adaptive Approach. Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense,
on target and forward deployed.


42 Responses

  1. lochmarFiendhiem

    November 18, 2012 9:45 pm

    What I gather from this video is that the contestants from fear factor will be tasked with shooting down rogue asteroids using nothing but luck, determination and pictures of minotaurs.

  2. IsraeliXdude

    March 15, 2013 10:21 pm

    Hmm, Arrow-3 missile operate within this principal, Hit to kill in exoatmosphere with optical acquisition of a target, but it still in the development phase

  3. The Amerijuanican

    April 7, 2013 7:04 am

    One of these missiles could destroy the incoming missile containing the warheads before they deployed and spread onto multiple targets. As far as retaliation after such an attack, look into the Minuteman III MIRV. I will say this much, people take America's military too lightly.

  4. XKS99

    July 10, 2013 12:51 am

    But comrade, we also failed to subdue the Afghans, and suffered much worse there than the Americans are now!

  5. bernardo jr telin

    August 29, 2013 8:40 pm

    i think us must build strategy that can lead to a an ultimate interceptor that can finally hit. us must bring all its assets from all its science schools. its all about mathematics, physics. you can make it.

  6. joe biden

    February 9, 2014 9:18 pm

    Their should be way for people to live in space by know thousand if not million pressurized cabins so it's not always zerogravity.

  7. Boeun Pok

    June 7, 2014 1:15 pm

    Agis usa navy is the most powerful in the world can intercept any typs off missles that threating usa.most enemy dont realise how sophisticated Agis is the most advantage battle in the world. If the enemy want2play with the usa, they well get

  8. ChechnyaIsntACountry

    June 15, 2014 8:03 pm

    Too bad the 20% success rate is never mentioned.


  9. vsgeo

    August 2, 2014 12:20 pm

    no interceptor missle can prevent damage from massive ICBM attack despite how effective this anti-missile is…

  10. Patent-free mrsa treatment & Dogs

    January 20, 2015 4:02 am

    Ex US navy aegis dc tech giving away idea patent free for inflatable space structure to anyone who will listen. I worked on the phased array spy radar and the mainframe frame uyk-43 mainframe computer syatems

  11. Filipe MatosSilva

    February 7, 2015 3:43 pm

    Some people looks as if they wnats to play «myths» with real life Advanced Combat Engineer

    Anyone probably lost their mind, or behaves like so

    Someone knows why, or its a public health related issue?

  12. BlueRice

    January 26, 2016 10:25 am

    if people still wondering why their keyboard and crt screen is still old tech… and no led touch display…

    the tech build is a little different. namely the circuit board. i remember one of the engineer that i met he even said the build is strange. its made for durability. somewhat resistance to emp but not really.

  13. Tyler Brown

    March 3, 2016 12:33 am

    And this has already been made obsolete by next-generation Russian ICBM's and SLBM's, like the Topol-M and Bulava. In more general terms, any nation which has the technical ability to produce even rudimentary ICBM's also has the ability to produce the decoys and/or smaller bomblets which would cause any BMD system of this sort to rapidly exhaust its ammunition supply, even in the event of an attack by a smaller nuclear power.

    As per usual, this is a monumental waste of DoD investment funds; the goal of this program is not to enhance the security of the United States, the goal is to ship taxpayer money off to the shareholders of the defense contractors.

  14. tae laba

    July 8, 2016 3:46 am

    Thats right Russia keep wasting your nukes at USA after you run ouy its USA's turn to nuke Putin's

  15. fosheimdet

    June 10, 2017 9:23 pm

    "Second successful intercept". Out of how many attempts? 100? 1000? This is the US we're talking about, there's no limit to how much they spend on military

  16. Faceofthesun

    March 12, 2019 1:45 pm

    At least there is something good to come out of the arms race. If it were not for the arms race, the Moon landings, the space station, and SpaceX's planned Mars missions would never have become possible. All be it at a great cost in human suffering.

  17. Stats Redner

    June 17, 2019 3:08 pm

    They should build one that can trick the incoming war head trick it by making one into multiples so it would know we're to go to slip by

  18. Lucifer morningstar

    July 7, 2019 8:46 pm

    i feel safer with, THAAD, AegisBMD and ground based interceptor (GBI) lets go USA


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