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USS Ross Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target in European Waters with SM-3 Missile.


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Naval Forces News - USA
 
 
 
USS Ross Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target in European Waters with SM-3 Missile
 
USS Ross (DDG 71), an Arleigh Burke Flight I class destroyer, successfully intercepted a ballistic missile with a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) in the North Atlantic Ocean during the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum's At Sea Demonstration (ASD) Oct. 20, 2015. This is first time a SM-3 Block IA guided interceptor was fired on a non-U.S. range and the first intercept of a ballistic missile threat in the European theater.
     
USS Ross (DDG 71), an Arleigh Burke Flight I class destroyer, successfully intercepted a ballistic missile with a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) in the North Atlantic Ocean during the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum's At Sea Demonstration (ASD) Oct. 20, 2015. This is first time a SM-3 Block IA guided interceptor was fired on a non-U.S. range and the first intercept of a ballistic missile threat in the European theater.
NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 20, 2015) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) as part of an at-sea demonstration showcasing its ability to intercept a short-range ballistic missile target, Oct. 20, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mike Wright/ Released)
     
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For the scenario, a short-range Terrier Orion ballistic missile target was launched from Hebrides Range and was inflight simultaneously with two anti-ship cruise missiles fired at the coalition task group. Ross fired a SM-3 and successfully engaged the ballistic missile target in space. In its air defense role, USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) fired a SM-2, which is the first time a SM-2 was fired on the Hebrides Range.
 
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