Washington, D.C. – September 10, 2013 -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org, released a statement about the missile defense test run last night. MDAA is located in Alexandria, Virginia. Ellison has visited the majority of missile defense sites within the United States and many of them around the world. Within the last six months, he visited Guam, Korea, Japan and Germany. He is one of the top lay experts in the field of missile defense worldwide. Ellison’s comments are below:
“Last night, two of the country’s most successful missile defense systems deployed around the world: the Navy's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and the Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) worked together with the U.S. Air Force airmen from the 613th Air and Operations Center to shoot down two medium-range ballistic missile targets.
These notable and successful intercepts were completed by active operational U. S war fighters deployed in the region, on and with these systems. These war fighters provided a realistic operational scenario in combining the systems to defeat multiple incoming ballistic missile threats at different engagement altitudes as the missiles descend from space to earth. This demonstrated layered approach with the Aegis SM-3 Block IA interceptor provides the capability to intercept in space in cooperation with the THAAD interceptors ability to hit in low space and high atmosphere provides a force multiplier of defense in being highly successful on incoming ballistic missiles. This layered approach greatly enhances successful discrimination against decoys, countermeasures, and give additional defense against multiple attacks and raids.
The proven capability, in this test, to operate together against different layers of intercepts and debris management of correct targeting with the sensor and discrimination systems of AN/TPY-2 radar attached to the THAAD system and the AN/SPY-1 radar on the Aegis BMD system is a tremendous achievement for the success of the systems and confidence of the war fighter operating these systems.
This historic test presents the most realistic operational success of intercepting ballistic missiles with current capabilities that directly reflect current crisis regions in the world today. The country has both Navy Aegis BMD ships in the Pacific and Army THAAD system in Guam on full deployment for defense against North Korean short and medium-range ballistic missiles. This test demonstrated its strategic capability and success equally to our allies around the world and to our enemies that use ballistic missiles as a threat.
The fully operational and demonstrated U. S. Army Alpha-2 THAAD battery deployed in this test would greatly add stability and protection against Syrian chemical ballistic missiles for our forces and allies in the region in joining the U S. Navy Aegis BMD ships on station outside of Syria.”
Source: Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance