MDA Tests SM-6 Interceptor

The Missile Defense Agency launched a pair of SM-6 Dual I interceptors during a December 14 test, destroying a medium-range ballistic missile.  The SM-6 uses an explosive warhead to destroy incoming cruise missiles and ballistic missiles during their terminal approach to a target.  The SM-6 is slated to play a key role in the Navy’s Aegis ballistic missile defense system due to its ability to function as an anti-air, anti-ship, and anti-surface missile.

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Missile Defense Project, "MDA Tests SM-6 Interceptor," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 15, 2016, last modified June 15, 2018,