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24 Feb 15. AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System Tracks, Simulates Engagements of Three Short-Range Ballistic Missiles. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m. EST on Feb. 24, three short-range ballistic missile targets were launched near simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. Two Aegis BMD destroyers acquired and tracked the targets. Using this data, the Aegis BMD ships conducted simulated Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missile engagements with the distributed weighted engagement scheme (DWES) capability enabled. The DWES provides an automated engagement coordination scheme between multiple Aegis BMD ships that determines which ship is the preferred shooter, reducing duplication of BMD engagements and missile expenditures while ensuring BMD threat coverage. Several fire control, discrimination, and engagement functions were exercised. As no SM-3 guided missiles were launched, the test did not include an attempted intercept. This test was designated Flight Test Other (FTX)-19. This was the first flight test to assess the ability of the Aegis BMD 4.0 weapon system to simulate engagements of a raid consisting of three short-range, separating ballistic missile targets. This was also the first time Aegis BMD 4.0 ships used the DWES capability with live targets. The MDA will use test results to improve and enhance the Ballistic Missile Defense System and support the advancement of Phase 2 of the Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe to provide protection of U.S. deployed forces, our European allies and partners.
24 Feb 15. Finmeccanica – Selex ES signs infrared seeker contract for the new UK – France missile system. Finmeccanica – Selex ES, will cooperate with MBDA France and SAGEM to the development and manufacturing of a new infrared seeker for the UK-France FASGW (H)/ANL missile which will equip a wide range of new generation helicopters
• The seeker will be integrated into the Anglo – French missile system FASGW (H)/ANL
• Development phase started in late 2013 and a multi-year manufacturing phase will be followed
During IDEX 2015, Finmeccanica – Selex ES signed with MBDA France and SAGEM a contract which will see the company participate in the development and production of a new infrared seeker for FASGW(H)/ANL, the next generation helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. FASGW(H)/ANL is being developed jointly by the UK and French governments for a range of future helicopter platforms. FASGW(H)/ANL is designed to provide precise effects against a range of threats in complex naval environments, so a highly-precise seeker is integral to the success of the missile. The system will also be integrated with a two-way data link so that the operator can monitor and alter if necessary the targeting of the missile while in-flight. Work on the seeker is already underway – development started in late 2013 under pre-contract funding from
MBDA and the first electronics hardware and a preliminary mathematical model have been delivered by Finmeccanica – Selex ES to SAGEM. The development phase will be followed immediately by a multi-year manufacturing phase. Finmeccanica – Selex ES produces a range of high performance electro-optical seekers – currently in active service with a number of international missile systems – suitable for different types of guided weapon. These include infrared imaging (both cooled and uncooled), semi-active laser, dual and multimode seekers.
20 Feb 15. India tests nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile. The Indian Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has conducted another user trial of the indigenously developed Prithvi-II nuc