On Wednesday, Raytheon announced that the first antenna array designed for the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) passed initial testing. The array will now be mounted on an enclosure for integration to be used at a testing range with real-world targets such as air traffic from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

On Thursday, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned the first Maya-class Aegis destroyer, named the JS Maya (DDG-179). The destroyer is equipped with Aegis Baseline 7 and is able to launch the SM-3 Block IIA being jointly developed with the United States.

Also on Thursday, the Missile Defense Agency monitored and got tracking data during the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy’s first test of a Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB). MDA plans to use this information and data from the experiment as part of its development of systems to defend against adversary hypersonic missiles.

Also on Thursday, the USS Shiloh (CG 67) launched a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) during a live fire exercise in the Philippine Sea. The USS Shiloh is currently forward deployed in the Indo-Pacific region as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

On Saturday, North Korea test launched two of its new KN-25 short-range ballistic missiles. The missiles were launched from North Pyongan and travelled around 410 km, with a 50 km apogee, across the country before landing in the Sea of Japan. The KCNA statement on the test referred to new ‘strategic weapon’ systems, some still in development, that will help form a ‘radical change in the national defense strategy.’

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