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….

Reorganizing the Missile Defense Enterprise

Reorganizing the Missile Defense Enterprise

Rethinking the push for program transfer When the U.S. Missile Defense Agency was created in 2002, the expectation was that it would initially develop missile defense systems but then transfer…

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…