Aerojet has completed a series of system performance tests on its Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control System (TDACS).

Aerojet Missile Defence vice-president Michael Bright said that the ground static testing of SM-3 Blk IB TDACS confirmed the readiness of the TDACS for the upcoming flight test.

The missiles are being developed by Aerojet as part of the US Missile Defense Agency’s sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence System.

SM-3 will be deployed on Aegis cruisers and destroyers to provide protection against short-to-intermediate range ballistic missile threats in the mid-course phase of flight.

Raytheon is the prime contractor for the development of SM-3.