Enhanced Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle successful in non-intercept flight test
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Jan. 26, 2013
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Jan. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon
Company's (NYSE: RTN) upgraded Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle played a
mission-critical role in a non-intercept flight test of Boeing's Ground-based
Midcourse Defense program. The EKV is a vital component of the GMD's
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 defense 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 toward an intercept scenario."
During the test, the EKV performed as planned, maneuvering the interceptor to
the appropriate altitude and closing velocity required for an intercept.
"The sole purpose of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program 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."
About the EKV
Leveraging more than two decades of kill vehicle technology expertise, the EKV
is designed to destroy incoming ballistic missile threats by colliding with
them, a concept often described as "hit to kill."
oThe EKV has an advanced multi-color sensor used to detect and discriminate
incoming warheads from other objects.
oThe EKV also has its own propulsion, communications link, discrimination
algorithms, guidance and control system, and computers to support target
selection and intercept.
oDeployed and operational today, the EKV has had eight successful
intercepts throughout the life of the program.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
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