U.S. Missile Defense Test Record

January 12, 2016

Ballistic Missile Defense Intercept Flight Test Record

Overall Test Record

  • 72 of 89 hit-to-kill intercept attempts have been successful across all programs since the integrated system began development in 2001
  • 49 of 62 hit-to-kill intercepts for THAAD, Aegis BMD and GMD since 2001
  • Includes Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), Terminal HighAltitude Area Defense (THAAD), and PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3

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Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Testing Record

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Hits Misses No Test Due to: Target Failure Success % Total
Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Testing
SM-3 -0 5 1 0 78% 6
SM-3 1 0 0 100% 1
SM-3 Block I 2 1 0 67% 3
SM-2 Block IV 4 0 0 100% 4
SM-3 Block IA 13 2 0  87% 15
SM-3 Block IB 7 2 2  63% 11
SM-6 Dual I 1 0 0 100% 1
Total (All Systems) 33 6 2 85% 41

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Testing Record

Hits Misses No Test Due to: Target Failure Success % Total
Ground-Based Tests
THAAD Interceptor 11 0 4 100% 15
Total (All Systems) 11 0 4 100% 15
  • 10 of 10 intercept attempts
  • Current test program began in 2006 and all tests involve the operationally configured interceptor

Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Testing Record

Hits Misses No Test Due to: Target Failure Success % Total
Ground-Based Tests
Ground-Based Interceptor 9 8 1 53% 18
Total (All Systems) 9 8 1 53% 18
  • 9 of 17 intercept attempts (3 of 5 successful intercepts using operationally configured interceptors) since 1999
  • Causes of Failures: – view here

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