Monday, June 01, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Barking Sands: Navy Test of Missile Interceptor Successful
By Selected News Articles @ 3:28 PM :: 6295 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, National News, Ethics


Enveloped with calculation in the depths of darkness bearing on midnight in Hawaii, flames of ignition light up the black night and shake the grounds of the Pacific Missile Range Facility(PMRF) as a medium-range missile accelerates out of its launch pad to streak through the clear midnight sky of the Pacific. A missile with a substantial range using a second separating stage that represents a much more sophisticated and realistic ballistic target, reflects the modernized ballistic missiles currently in the Iranian and North Korean inventories. In those five minutes of white lightening, prior to being struck down successfully, the USS Lake Erie, a few hundred miles off the coast of Kauai, acquired, tracked with its AN/SPY-1 radar and 4.0.1 processor, created a firing solution, launched a SM-3 Block IB interceptor, updated that interceptor in its flight, placed the "Kinetic Warhead" of the interceptor close to the target, and relied on the new "Kinetic Warhead" to successfully intercept this separating medium-range target high in space. It successfully did so at 11:20PM Hawaiian time. This successful intercept enabled the full capability of the new sea and land based interceptor, the SM3-IB, and provided needed confidence for the U.S. Navy to deploy it and for the U.S. Congress to acquire it.

This test required both of the dual pluses firing back to back in the third stage for the SM-3 Block IB to extend its range while delivering the new "Kinetic Warhead" closer with its more efficient Throttleable Divert Attitude Control (TDAC) system and its two color Infrared seeker to discriminate, process, and target the correct object to collide with. This was done with amazing precision in the direct path of that identified incoming medium range separating target.

A separating stage of a solid fueled medium range ballistic missile produces chunks of debris and matter that provide a slew of objects for the Infrared seeker, of the kinetic warhead, to define in calculating the correct target to intercept. This type of discrimination becomes helpful with counter measures and decoys that may be deployed in more advanced modernized missiles. Having a dual color Infrared seeker that separates debris and multiple objects by shades of color resolves definition of acquiring the correct target with much more confidence and precision allowing a greater success against sophisticated separating realistic medium-range ballistic missile targets.

This successful SM-3 Block IB test is significant for several reasons:

  • The SM-3 Block IB provides immediate protection and capability for the U.S. Navy's 5th and 7th Fleets from Iran and North Korea's medium range and more sophisticated missiles.
  • The SM-3 Block IB is the critical foundation missile for the deployment of Aegis Ashore that sits in Romania and Poland as well as on Aegis BMD ships of the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet in President Obama's promised protection of Europe from Medium-Range Ballistic Missiles.
  • The SM-3 Block IB offers a replacement for the now 10 year old life cycle termination of retiring SM-3 Block IA missiles for the U.S. Navy.
  • This test is the second out of three successful intercept tests that are required for the certification of the SM-3 Block IB, by U.S. Congress, so that they may make a decision to acquire these missiles. The third SM-3 Block IB test is scheduled for September of this year.
  • The successful SM-3 Block IB test provides technical pathway and confidence for successful development and deployment of the SM-3 Block IIA.

This successful test was an accumulation of many teams integrating and coming together to perform at an excellent level. This integration is represented by over 315 sailors and officers of the USS Lake Erie that executed the mission, the industry/MDA team responsible for the target missile, the PMRF Navy range and its team, and the industry/MDA team responsible for the test and program management of the systems involved. They are all to be recognized and appreciated for their efforts in making our nation safer.

This new missile and its Aegis BMD platforms are absolutely vital for security and peace in the world today and tomorrow.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940


ACA Signups Hawaii



Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii



Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube


Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes


Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii


National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii