Navy Puts Aegis Ballistic Missile Defenses On Alert in Pacific

Paige, Kathleen K.
September 2004
Sea Power;Sep2004, Vol. 47 Issue 9, p41
This article reports that the U.S. Navy has put its Aegis Ballistic Missile Defenses on alert in the Pacific region. On December 11, 2003, a ballistic missile target roared off its launch pad at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Hawaii. A series of risk-reduction, at-sea demonstrations, known as Pacific Explorer, are being conducted to verify and test the transmission and conversion of Aegis ballistic missile tracking data through Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) communication nodes and full integration into the BMDS. By late September 2004, Aegis destroyers will be forward deployed to provide early warning, as well as tracking data of incoming Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to the BMDS.


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