missile defense system

december 11, 2009

Missile Defense Test Conducted

A planned test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system scheduled to be conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii, was not able to be completed today due to an anomaly with the target missile.

The target missile was successfully deployed from a C-17 transport aircraft but the target’s rocket motor did not ignite. The THAAD interceptor missile was not launched; however, the system’s fire control system conducted a number of successful simulations. All THAAD system components were verified to be in working order, and the system was ready to conduct the mission.

November 16, 2009

Missile Defense Agency Successfully Completes

Ground Test to Improve Theater/Regional Defense Capability

The Missile Defense Agency  recently completed a successful Hardware-in-the-Loop theater-level ground test, conducted to integrate new capabilities into the Ballistic Missile Defense System  architecture. This test, identified as the Fast Contingency Analysis and Activation Team East Test Event, is the third in a series of FCE Ground Tests focused on theater/regional defense capabilities.

The test was conducted during the week of October 19–23, 2009, from the MDA BMDS Ground Test Center located at the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center  in Colorado Springs, Colo. The test used the MDA Missile Defense System Exerciser to connect and control BMDS HWIL laboratories located across the United States to emulate the functionality resident in participating BMDS systems.

The HWIL labs participating in the event included the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications  Lab, Colorado Springs; Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Lab, Moorestown, N. J; Space-Based Infrared System  Lab, Azusa, Calif.; AN/TPY-2 X-band Radar Lab, Woburn, Mass.; the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense  Lab, Huntsville, Ala.; the U.S.–Arrow Israeli Test Bed, Huntsville; and the Tactical Communications Environment Segment, San Diego, Calif.. Operational Community participants included the BMDS Operational Test Agency.

Ground tests play a vital role in the development of new technologies for missile defense by providing program officials detailed information about emerging hardware and software system functionality, while reducing the cost and schedule demands that would be required to provide the same information through an extensive flight test program. These efforts enable actual flight test data to be reconstructed and injected into geographically distributed HWIL representations of BMDS sensors and weapon systems. They also support development and validation of BMDS simulations for component weapon and sensor performance, communications, and interoperability, as well as threat and environment simulations. In this test, FCE-C HWIL provided a demonstration of the ability to conduct a system-level, theater-centric defense of critical assets.

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~ by tdubbers on December 16, 2009.

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