En­hanced Exoat­mo­spheric Kill Ve­hi­cle suc­cess­ful in non-in­ter­cept flight test

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Raytheon Com­pany’s up­graded Exoat­mo­spheric Kill Ve­hi­cle (EKV) played a mis­sion-crit­i­cal role in a non-in­ter­cept flight test of Boe­ing’s ground-based mid­course de­fence pro­gramme. The EKV is a vi­tal com­po­nent of the GMD’s ground­based in­ter­cep­tor.

The EKV al­lows the GBI to lock on and elim­i­nate high-speed bal­lis­tic mis­sile war­heads in space us­ing noth­ing more than the force of im­pact.

“Rig­or­ous non-in­ter­cept flight tests are im­por­tant in prov­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness and op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity of bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­fence weapons and their var­i­ous com­po­nents,” said Wes Kre­mer, Raytheon Mis­sile Sys­tems’ Vice Pres­i­dent of Air and Mis­sile De­fense Sys­tems. “To­day’s test al­lowed us to chal­lenge the EKV in a se­ries of real­is­tic outer space en­vi­ron­ments, which gives us a broad range of data prior to mov­ing to­wards an in­ter­cept sce­nario.”

Dur­ing the test, the EKV per­formed as planned, ma­noeu­vring the in­ter­cep­tor to the ap­pro­pri­ate al­ti­tude and clos­ing ve­loc­ity re­quired for an in­ter­cept.

“The sole pur­pose of the ground-based mid-course de­fence pro­gramme is to de­fend the home­land from the threat of bal­lis­tic mis­sile at­tack,” said Kre­mer. “This test moves us one step closer to an in­ter­cept flight test in 2013.”

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