Japan Commissions First Maya-class Aegis Ship

Japan Commissions First Maya-class Aegis Ship

On March 19, Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned JS Maya (DDG-179), the first of two Maya-class ships and the seventh Japanese ship equipped with the Aegis combat system….

MDA Schedules SM-3 IIA ICBM Intercept Test

MDA Schedules SM-3 IIA ICBM Intercept Test

On February 24, the Missile Defense Agency confirmed it would conduct an ICBM intercept test with the SM-3 Block IIA missile in the third quarter of 2020. Designated FTM-44, the…

NATO Ships Test Cooperative Missile Defenses

NATO Ships Test Cooperative Missile Defenses

On November 22, U.S. officials stated that NATO warships successfully engaged live and simulated ballistic and cruise missile threats during Exercise Formidable Shield in May. During the exercise, ships shared…

Australia Test Fires SM-2 Interceptor

Australia Test Fires SM-2 Interceptor

On August 20, Australian warship HMAS Hobart (DDG-39) launched an SM-2 interceptor in its first test of the weapons system. The missile, launched off the East Australian coast, successfully struck…

South Korea Funds Missile Defense Acquisition

South Korea Funds Missile Defense Acquisition

On August 15, South Korea’s Ministry of Defense announced it would spend about $240 billion on missile defense in the 2020-2024 period. Under the budget plan, the Blue House would…

NATO Completes Aegis Ashore Update

NATO Completes Aegis Ashore Update

On August 9, NATO announced that its Aegis Ashore site in Deveselu, Romania completed a set of updates initiated in April. In a statement, NATO said that the updates were…

US Navy Commissions New Aegis Destroyer

US Navy Commissions New Aegis Destroyer

On July 27, the U.S. Navy commissioned USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, at Port Everglades, Florida. The Paul Ignatius is the 67th of its class and one…