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The Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) and the Aegis weapon system (AWS) comprise the Navy Theater Wide (NTW) ballistic missile defense system and are part of the sea-based Midcourse Defense System (MDS) of the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

SM-3 is designed to intercept intermediate-range ballistic missiles above the atmosphere (exo-atmospheric intercept). The missile has a kinetic warhead (KW) that is based on technology developed during the...

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