Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Outreach Manager, Tom Clements, launches a makeshift target “missile” while a young volunteer prepares to intercept to demonstrate how the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System works. Clements was on hand to explain the process of missile defense testing during a Missile Defense Agency flight test mission at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). During the test, a separating short-range ballistic missile target launched from PMRF. Following the target launch, the USS Lake Erie (CG-70) detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched the SM-3 Block IB missile. The SM-3 maneuvered to a point in space based on guidance from Aegis BMD Weapons Systems and released its kinetic warhead. The kinetic warhead acquired the target, diverted into its path, and, using only the force of direct impact, destroyed the target.