Another Successful Intercept in the Pacific

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command announced another successful intercept of a Scud ballistic missile target by an improved PATRIOT missile defense system during a test on March 20 in the central Pacific Ocean.

The PATRIOT missile, an upgraded guidance enhanced missile version of the PATRIOT used during the Gulf War in 1991, was launched from Meck Island in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The Scud missile was launched from Aur Atoll, about 270 miles away. PATRIOT's guidance and control system locked onto the Scud, successfully engaging the target with a blast fragmentation warhead at very close range.

This was the second successful intercept of a Scud target missile in two attempts. The first intercept took place on February 7, 1997, in the same test locations.

For additional information, contact Lt. Col. Rick Lehner, BMDO, at (703)695-8743.