The purpose of today's trial is finishing another modification of the SM-3 missiles under the designation of Block 1B. The new version of the SM-3 has slightly the best flight characteristics, and the majority of configurations touched its electronics. At first, it was modified for full compatibility and combat information control system (CICS) Aegis 4.0.1 above. Other upgrades electrical "stuffing" missiles are associated with reduction in the cost of production and improve traits. But the first priority still is specifically extending the life of missiles at the expense of compatibility with CICS refreshed.
The first ship in the U.S. Navy, which received refreshed version of the Aegis system in 4.0.1, was the cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70). Accordingly, it has been specifically entrusted with the latest missile test launch. In addition, the cruiser "Lake Erie" is known that in February 2008, brought down the faulty satellite USA-193. This interception of the target was performed using specific binder Aegis + SM-3. This instant ship involved in the testing of the control system and refreshed rocket.
It is reported that during the day on June 27 of this year from the landfill Kauai (Hawaii) was launched ballistic rocket medium-range missiles. A certain type of rocket is not named. The route of flight training goal lay in the direction of the north-western part of the Pacific Ocean. A few minutes after starting the radar cruiser Lake Erie found the training target. After another couple of minutes — after entering the rocket in the affected area — were launched SM-3 Block 1B. It is clear that to use as a training target rocket Divide had a warhead. Yet, the anti-missile missile managed to hit the target before the payload has been reset. Shards of warhead fell into the ocean.
Noteworthy that this launch was not the first. First launch the SM-3 Block 1B in September last year ended unsuccessfully. In May of this year, the same ship already held a training intercept medium-range ballistic missiles. The purpose of starting vtochnosti was the same as that in this time. According to the results of the September and May test was made a number of findings and fixes some bugs in the system. With these refinements second training run this year, according to available disk imaging, was the least problematic than the first. In the near future we can wait a few more similar tests to which will be the final finishing Aegis 4.0.1, SM-3 Block 1B and their interactions.
The larger purpose of the endeavor is to create a universal modernization of combat information and control systems and missiles that are applicable for use in various criteria. Recall at this point the South American strategic missile has a marine and terrestrial elements. With all of this the first of them created on the basis of CICS family of missiles and Aegis SM, and the ground system used complex THAAD. At this point in the Pentagon's plans comes to adapting "Aegis" for use in ground-based complexes. According to rumors, the premise of this solution are the results of the tests of sea and land defense systems. As it turns out, Aegis interceptor missiles in conjunction with the SM-2 and SM-3 is more efficient, if THAAD. In the current time of USA and some European countries are going to have in Europe, particularly ground-based version of anti-missile systems on the basis of Aegis.
The first "candidate" for placement of the new system is Romania. According to reports, on the ground of this country will be installed ground-based Euro-Atlantic missile defense system, made on the basis of "Aegis". The term of this placement is still questionable. In connection with the ongoing deployment of the tests will not begin until 2015. Completion of construction, in turn, belongs to the 2016-17 year. In addition to land-based CICS Aegis 4.0.1, of course, is applicable for installation on ships. It is expected that particularly the fourth version of the management information system will be installed on the project destroyers Arleigh Burke, from the ship to the index DDG-15. Then likely to upgrade the already built ships as the project Arleigh Burke, and Ticonderoga. With all of this, regardless of the start time re, these ships can be installed over new version of the system. At the same time, with the most successful course of events, version 5.0 will be no earlier than 2020. As missiles SM-3 Block 1B, in a constructive manner that they are one hundred percent compatible even with the existing technology. Difficulties interactions are exclusively in the area of interface management systems. But over time, with all the ships 'Aegis' can be fully translated into refreshed rocket.
But you first need to complete the tests and complete finishing of all systems. Judging by the terms of the deployment of systems in Romania, it is planned to spend a couple of years. At this time worth waiting for a new round of controversy and even scandal concerning a joint project of the U.S. missile defense system and the European states.
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