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A US Navy (USN) Standard Three (SM-3) is launched from the vertical launch system (VLS) aboard the Pearl Harbor based Ticonderoga Class Guided Cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70), during a joint Defense Agency, USN ballistic missile flight test. Minutes later, the SM-3 intercepted a separating ballistic missile threat target, launched form the Pacific Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. The test was the sixth intercept, in seven flight tests, by the AEGIS (Airborne Early-Warning Ground-Environmental Integration Segment) Ballistic Defense, the maritime component of the "Hit to Kill" Ballistic Defense System, being developed by the...

A US Navy (USN) Standard Three (SM-3) is launched from the vertical launch system (VLS) aboard the Pearl Harbor based Ticonderoga Class Guided Cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70), during a joint Defense Agency, USN ballistic missile flight test. Minutes later, the SM-3 intercepted a separating ballistic missile threat target, launched form the Pacific Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. The test was the sixth intercept, in seven flight tests, by the AEGIS (Airborne Early-Warning Ground-Environmental Integration Segment) Ballistic Defense, the maritime component of the "Hit to Kill" Ballistic Defense System, being developed by the...

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[Complete] Scene Caption: A US Navy (USN) Standard Missile Three (SM-3) is launched from the vertical launch system (VLS) aboard the Pearl Harbor based Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70), during a joint Missile Defense Agency, USN ballistic missile flight test. Minutes later, the SM-3 intercepted a separating ballistic missile threat target, launched form the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. The test was the sixth intercept, in seven flight tests, by the AEGIS (Airborne Early-Warning Ground-Environmental Integration Segment) Ballistic Missile Defense, the maritime component of the "Hit to Kill" Ballistic Missile Defense System, being developed by the Missile Defense Agency. All previous AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense flight tests were against unitary (non-separating) targets.

Base: USS Lake Erie (CG 70)

Country: Pacific Ocean (POC)

Scene Camera Operator: Unknown

Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

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17/11/2005
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