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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Weapon System Guides Missile to Seventh Successful Target Intercept

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KAUAI, Hawaii, June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- During a test today the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System with its Standard Missile(SM)-3 successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target with a separating reentry vehicle outside the Earth's atmosphere. Both the Aegis BMD WeaponSystem aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) and range sensors confirmed a direct hit of the missile target during its midcourse flight phase over the Pacific Ocean.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System and serves as the Combat System Engineering Agent for the U.S. Navy and MissileDefense Agency's Aegis BMD Weapon System program.

This Missile Defense Agency-sponsored test -- Flight Test Maritime-10(FTM-10) -- marks the seventh time the Aegis BMD Weapon System hassuccessfully guided an SM-3 to a ballistic missile target intercept and the second time that the system intercepted a ballistic missile with a separating reentry vehicle. U.S. Navy ships equipped with earlier versions of Aegis BMD capability have been on operational duty since September 2004 .

During the test, the Aegis SPY-1B radar aboard USS Shiloh providedreal-time detection, tracking and discrimination of the medium-range target with its separating warhead. Once the SM-3 was launched, the Aegis BMD WeaponSystem continued to track the target and provide guidance commands to the SM-3 to intercept the target. USS Shiloh was deployed with the latest versions of the Aegis BMD equipment and computer programs, BMD 3.6, and the SM-3 Block IAmissile. The Aegis BMD 3.6 combat system will be certified for tactical deployment this fall.

In addition to USS Shiloh, three other U.S. Navy ships and a Japanese destroyer participated in the intercept test:

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