The Missile Defense Agency announced that it launched three short-range ballistic missile targets near-simultaneously from NASA’sWallops Flight Facility. Two U.S. Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile defense (BMD) destroyers then acquired and tracked the targets, while another destroyer also participated in associated operations.
Using this information, the Aegis BMD ships performed simulated Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB guided missile engagements with the Distributed Weighted Engagement Scheme (DWES) capability enabled. The DWES uses an automated engagement coordination scheme between multiple Aegis BMD ships that figures out which ship is the preferred shooter, thus reducing duplication of BMD engagements and missile expenditures while also ensuring BMD threat coverage. Several fire control, discrimination, and engagement functions were also exercised. Since no SM-3 guided missiles were launched, the test didn't include an attempted intercept.
Naval vessels participating in the test were the USS CARNEY (DDG-64), USS GONZALEZ (DDG-66), and USS BARRY (DDG-52).