The final score: Army 3; Navy 1.
That’s the number of missiles each service shot down in the largest missile shield test ever, a joint exercise held in the western Pacific on Oct. 24. The Army shot down two ballistic missiles and one cruise missile at Kwajalein Atoll.
In contrast, the destroyer Fitzgerald engaged a cruise missile but missed the ballistic one. The reasons for the miss are unclear, but the Missile Defense Agency chalked up the whole exercise as a success.
MDA said that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system operated by the Army “successfully intercepted its first medium-range ballistic target in history,” according to an Oct. 25 news release.
Fitzgerald — a Yokosuka, Japan-based ship equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system and armed with SM-3 intercept missiles — “successfully engaged” a cruise missile flying low over the ocean, MDA said. The ballistic missile was another matter.
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The final score: Army 3; Navy 1. That’s the number of missiles each service…
by Tactical-Life / Oct 25, 2012