The test this week took place over the Pacific and was conducted by the MDA and the U.S. Navy cruiser firing the service's new Standard Missile-3 Block 1B.
"Today's test event was the second consecutive successful intercept test of the SM-3 Block IB missile and the second-generation Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system … (and) is a critical accomplishment for the second phase of the President's (Barak Obama's)) European Phased Adaptive Approach consisting of the SM-3 Block 1B interceptor employed in an Aegis Ashore system in Romania in 2015," a news release stated.
"Initial indications are that all components performed as designed resulting in a very accurate intercept."
In the test, the USS Lake Erie, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system, detected and tracked the target missile and launched the SM-3 Block IB missile.
Trajectory information was sent to the SM-3 Block IB missile, which diverted its path and destroyed the target missile in a hit-to-kill intercept.