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Northrop Grumman Ballistic Missile Target Vehicle Launch

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Northrop Grumman successfully launched a ballistic missile target vehicle to support the US MDA’s Flight Test Aegis Weapon System 32 (FTM-32).

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News Release, Chandler AR, 29 March 2024: Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully launched a ballistic missile target vehicle to support the Missile Defense Agency’s Flight Test Aegis Weapon System 32 (FTM-32), in cooperation with the US Navy.

  • Northrop Grumman launched the Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Type 3 Configuration 2 (MRBM T3c2) Target Vehicle, a threat-representative two-stage, solid rocket-fuelled ballistic missile, from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, located on Kauai in Hawaii.
  • The successful test demonstrated the capability of a ballistic missile defence-configured Aegis ship to detect, track, engage and intercept an advanced MRBM in the terminal phase of flight, utilising the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Dual II missile.
  • Northrop Grumman developed and produced three MRBM T3c2s as intercept test targets for the Aegis SM-6 and has delivered and successfully launched all three target vehicles.

Robin Heard, director of targets, Northrop Grumman: “This program capitalises on our proven history of innovative rocket designs, executed with speed and discipline. We continue to invest in technology that delivers these vital capabilities our customers need to respond to growing threats. T3c2 is a highly complex target providing the realistic scenario needed to test and verify the Aegis Weapon System.”

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