South Korea To Purchase SM-3 Interceptors

South Korea To Purchase SM-3 Interceptors

On October 12, South Korea‘s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced at a parliamentary audit their plan to purchase SM-3 interceptors to counter North Korea’s ballistic missiles. A decision “for…

MDA Releases FTM-29 Failure Review Board Findings

MDA Releases FTM-29 Failure Review Board Findings

On October 1, the Missile Defense Agency released findings of its investigation into FTM-29’s failure. The joint U.S.-Japanese test took place on January 31, 2018, testing the co-developed Standard Missile-3…

US and Japan Successfully Test SM-3 IB Threat Update

US and Japan Successfully Test SM-3 IB Threat Update

On September 11, the United States and Japan successfully intercepted a separating ballistic missile target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) IB Threat Update (TU) interceptor off the coast of Hawaii….

SM-3 Block IIA Missile Test Fails

SM-3 Block IIA Missile Test Fails

On January 31, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted an unsuccessful SM-3 Block IIA intercept test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. According to the MDA testing schedule,…

State Dept. Approves SM-3 Sale to Japan

State Dept. Approves SM-3 Sale to Japan

On January 9, the U.S. State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles at an estimated cost of $133.3 million. According…

Congress Approves $416 million Reprogramming for BMD

Congress Approves $416 million Reprogramming for BMD

On October 3, Secretary of Defense James Mattis disclosed the approval of Congressional defense committees to reprogram $416 million from other accounts, including unspent Army maintenance and operations funding, into…

Sailor Error Responsible for Failed Intercept Test

Sailor Error Responsible for Failed Intercept Test

On July 24, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) indicated that sailor error was responsible for a failed SM-3 Block IIA missile intercept test. According to Defense News, a tactical datalink…

Second Intercept Test of SM-3 IIA Unsuccessful

On June 21, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Japan Ministry of Defense conducted a development intercept test of a new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile, an…