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SPAWAR Provides Critical Link during Missile Defense Agency Test

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110502-09

By Elisha Sullivan, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs

San Diego (NNS) -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific's (SPAWAR) Combined Test Bed (CTB) announced today that it recently participated in a missile-on-missile intercept test.

The test involved the launch of a land-based, intermediate-range ballistic missile and the remote firing of a standard missile from USS O'Kane (DDG 77), an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer homeported aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test event, formally titled Flight Test Standard Missile (FTM)-15 took place in the Pacific Missile Range and signaled successful completion of several years of close collaboration between SSC Pacific and MDA to develop, test and field next generation fire control data exchange systems used in linking shore-based commands and fleet units.

"This particular test proved Aegis equipped destroyers like USS O'Kane can conduct an SM-3 launch using a remote tactical data exchange over C4I networks," said Robert Gonzales, Ballistic Missile Defense flight test lead for SSC Pacific. "The remote launch marks a technological milestone and demonstrates the clear advantages associated with our longstanding collaboration with MDA to align Aegis BMD baselines, C4ISR capabilities and the application of a rigorous Aegis BMD systems engineering."

"The Ballistic Missile Test Bed, San Diego (BTS) within our CTB lab allows SSC Pacific to play a unique role in assuring fleet readiness in defending the nation against ballistic missiles, said Capt. Joe Beel, Commanding Officer of SSC Pacific. "It also underscores our leading role in supporting the chief of naval operations' vision of developing and employing information dominance technologies that create and maintain the Navy's strategic and tactical advantage."

"The MDA Aegis BMD and SSC Pacific shared approach was built around the philosophy of Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyers, the Father of Aegis, who said build a little, test a little, learn a lot," Gonzales added. "In the end analysis, it's all about teaming and dominating the BMD information domain."

SSC Pacific has supported the execution of more than 100 missions during the last decade and has made major contributions in BMD system level architectures, mission execution, and analysis for MDA, and the BMD warfighter. Beyond test events, SSC Pacific also provides direct Fleet support and ongoing training for Sailors using the same C4I systems found aboard the Navy's most modern ships.

Hands on training at SSC Pacific helps ensure Sailors know every detail about the systems they operate and have a realistic, first-hand experience of the quick reaction times needed to successfully prosecute an airborne missile.

SSC Pacific continues its commitment to BMD C4I and has begun initiatives to support the Presidential Directive for Phased Adaptive Approach that will support Aegis BMD ships, Aegis Ashore in Europe, and the BMDS Integrated Master Plan well into the future.

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