Night ops

Monday, June 19, 2006

North Korea missile guessing



As posted about earlier here, the lovely DPRK and its wacky leader may be stirring a missile launch pot. And now there seems to be some suggestion that maybe there's an Aegis cruiser off the coast of the DPRK waiting.

Some background on the AEGIS Anti-ballistic missile system here. A SM-3 success story here and here.

Photo caption:
A Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) is launched from the Pearl Harbor-based Aegis cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), during a joint Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy ballistic missile flight test today. Minutes later, the SM-3 intercepted a separating ballistic missile threat target, launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. The test was the sixth intercept, in seven flight tests, by the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, the maritime component of the "Hit-to-Kill" Ballistic Missile Defense System, being developed by the Missile Defense Agency. All previous Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense flight tests were against unitary (non-separating) targets. (U.S. Navy Photo)
Missile Defense Agency site here. Another good site is Missile Threat from Claremont Institute.

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