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Missile Defense Agency FTO-01 Flight Test

The second of two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors is launched during a successful intercept test. The test, conducted by Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Pacific Command, in conjunction with U.S. Army soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Navy sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73), and U.S. Air Force airmen from the 613th Air and Operations Center resulted in the intercept of one medium-range ballistic missile target by THAAD, and one medium-range ballistic missile target by Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD). The second THAAD interceptor was launched at the target destroyed by Aegis BMD as a contingency in the event the SM-3 did not achieve an intercept. The test, designated Flight Test Operational-01 (FTO-01), stressed the ability of the Aegis BMD and THAAD weapon systems to function in a layered defense architecture and defeat a raid of two near-simultaneous ballistic missile targets.



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This work, Missile Defense Agency FTO-01 Flight Test [Image 6 of 6], is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.10.2013

Date Posted:09.12.2013 12:49

Photo ID:1016474

VIRIN:130910-A-MD123-002

Resolution:1920x1080

Size:203.37 KB

Location:US

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