The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) confirmed on 12 September the successful completion of an Aegis ballistic missile defence (BMD) intercept flight test, in co-operation with the US Navy (USN), off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii.
The event, designated Japan Flight Test Mission-05 (JFTM-05), was conducted to demonstrate a successful engagement of a target missile from the Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Atago (DDG-177), using the sea-based midcourse engagement capability provided by Aegis BMD, MDA officials said.
The JFTM-05 test event verified the newest BMD engagement capability of the Japan (J6) Aegis BMD configuration of the recently upgraded JS Atago , MDA officials said.
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