The USS John Paul Jones combat ship, supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, used Aegis Baseline 9 terminal engagement capability to detect and track a medium range ballistic missile target. This exercise marked the first demonstration of Aegis’s ability to conduct a complicated tracking exercise against a medium range ballistic missile during its endo phase of flight.

The test, called Flight Test Other – 21 (FTX-21), serves to reduce risks for future test events. The test demonstrated the integrated capabilities of the Aegis weapon system and how it has been continually upgraded to counter ever evolving threat systems.

The central component of the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis ballistic missile defence combat system is the SPY-1 radar.

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