MEADS Successfully Intercepts Air-Breathing Target at White Sands Missile Range

  MEADS Successfully Intercepts Air-Breathing Target at White Sands Missile
                                    Range

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla., MUNICH, and ROME, Nov. 29, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla., MUNICH, and ROME, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Medium
Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) detected, tracked, intercepted and
destroyed an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept flight test
today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test achieved all criteria for
success.

MEADS is a next-generation, ground-mobile air and missile defense system that
incorporates 360-degree radars, netted and distributed battle management,
easily transportable launchers and the hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missile Segment
Enhancement (MSE) Missile. The system combines superior battlefield protection
with new flexibility to protect forces and critical assets against tactical
ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft.

The MEADS test configuration included a networked MEADS battle manager,
lightweight launcher firing a PAC-3 MSE Certified Missile Round and a
360-degree MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR), which tracked the
MQM-107 target and guided the missile to a successful intercept.

"Today's successful flight test further demonstrates MEADS' ability to
identify, track, engage and defeat targets attacking from any direction using
a single mobile launcher," said NATO MEADS Management Agency General Manager
Gregory Kee. "MEADS is proving its capability to defend our warfighters and
key assets against a growing 21^st century threat."

The test exploited the MEADS capability for full-perimeter, 360-degree defense
with the PAC-3 MSE Missile performing a unique over-the-shoulder maneuver to
defeat the target attacking from behind the MEADS emplacement.

"MEADS provides advanced capabilities that detect, track and intercept
evolving threats from farther away and without blind spots," said MEADS
International President Dave Berganini. "Today's successful intercept proves
MEADS' advertised capabilities are real. Its digital designs and modern
hardware and software ensure high reliability rates and dramatically reduced
operational and support costs."

The MFCR is an X-band, solid-state, active electronically scanned array radar
which provides precision tracking and wideband discrimination and
classification capabilities. For extremely rapid deployments, the MEADS MFCR
can provide both surveillance and fire control capabilities until a
surveillance radar joins the network. An advanced identify friend-or-foe
subsystem supports improved passive threat identification and typing.

Using its 360-degree defensive capability, the advanced MEADS radars and PAC-3
MSE Missile, MEADS defends up to eight times the coverage area with far fewer
system assets and significantly reduces demand for deployed personnel and
equipment, which reduces demand for airlift.

MEADS successfully completed its first flight test on November 17, 2011,
against a simulated target attacking from behind. A PAC-3 MSE Certified
Missile Round was employed during the test along with the MEADS lightweight
launcher and battle manager.

MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando,
Fla., is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and
joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in
the United States.

The MEADS program management agency NAMEADSMA is located in Huntsville, Ala.

SOURCE MEADS International

Website: http://www.meads-amd.com
Contact: Cheryl Amerine, +1-240-271-2836, or Chris Geisel, +1-256-479-7884
 
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