U.S. Navy and MDA Successfully Intercept Multiple Targets in Integrated Air and Missile Defense Test

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Two short-range ballistic missile targets are launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Kauai, Hawaii, as part of Vigilant Wyvern/Flight Test Aegis Weapon System-48 (source: https://www.mda.mil/news/gallery_aegis.html).

November 2, 2023 | Originally published by Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on October 25, 2023

U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS CARL M. LEVIN (DDG 120) successfully intercepted multiple targets in an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) test executed by the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii.

The joint test, known as Vigilant Wyvern, demonstrated the capability of a ballistic missile defense-configured Aegis ship to detect, track, engage, and execute intercepts of two short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) targets while concurrently demonstrating an Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) engagement of two subsonic, anti-ship cruise missile drone targets.

This realistic, live-fire raid scenario represented one of the largest IAMD events ever conducted in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Area of Responsibility and demonstrated for the first time a concurrent Ballistic Missile Defense and AAW raid.