The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Navy sailors aboard the Aegis destroyer USS OíKANE (DDG 77), and Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command operating from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) element of the nationís Ballistic Missile Defense System, resulting in the intercept of a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean. This successful test demonstrated the capability of the first phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) announced by the President in September, 2009.LINK: Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful InterceptFTM-15 is the 21st successful intercept, in 25 attempts, for the Aegis BMD program since flight testing began in 2002. Across all BMDS elements, this is the 45th successful hit-to-kill intercept in 58 flight tests since 2001.
Bravo!!! Score another one for the good guys!!!
Considering the current rush to cut spending, this is one area of defense spending that should remain untouched or maybe even get a slight budget increase.