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NAVSEA Wire Service 99-21 (July 2, 1999)

JUL02-01. U.S. Navy tests TBMD interoperability at sea.
By NAVSEA Public Affairs

     The joint Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD) interoperability exercise “Slugger” tested inter-service interoperability for cueing, tracking, and linking ballistic targets between U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine and U.S. Army theater ballistic missile assets.  Slugger was conducted June 30 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in the area of Kauai, Hawaii with two guided missile cruisers: USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and USS Port Royal (CG 73).

     Two-ballistic missile targets were successfully launched and tracked, fulfilling Slugger’s testing objectives. The ships demonstrated the capability to pass target cueing and tracking information to each other, as well as other joint Theater Missile Defense (TMD) systems.

     The first target was a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2), modified and renamed Terrier Missile Target Three (TMT-3). Launched from PMRF, the TMT-3 flew a ballistic profile with an apogee (maximum height) of 45 miles, landing in the ocean northwest of Kauai and 160 miles downrange. Target track and impact point messages were successfully transmitted and received by USS Port Royal, USS Lake Erie, the USS Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group, and the U.S. Marine Corps Air Defense Communications Platform (ADCP). Meanwhile, messages were successfully received via phone line at the U.S. Navy Area Air Defense Commander, U.S. Army Theater High Altitude Area Defense and U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s Battle Lab.

     The second target was a Malemute II rocket. Also launched from PMRF, the Malemute II flew a ballistic profile with an apogee (maximum height) of 74 miles, landing in the ocean northwest of Kauai and 145 miles downrange. Target track and impact point messages were successfully transmitted and received by USS Port Royal, USS Lake Erie, USS Benfold (DDG 65), the USS Constellation Battle Group, and the U.S. Marines ADCP.

     Other key participants in the link architecture were a Gulfstream-1 aircraft acting as an airborne relay and the PMRF range. Data is currently being analyzed with the ongoing aim of improving U.S. Navy interoperability with other TBMD systems.

     Navy Area TBMD is a fully integrated TBMD modification to the Aegis Weapon System that will provide a capability to defend against short-medium range Tactical Ballistic Missiles. It will be deployed on Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers. This joint development effort is conducted by the U.S. Navy under the direction of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO).

     Raytheon Missile Systems Company manufactures the TMT-3 Missile. Sandia National Laboratories manufactures the Malemute II missile.
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