Within the check at White Sands Missile Vary, New Mexico, the THAAD Military-Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance and Management Mannequin 2 (AN/TPY-2) detected and tracked a Black Dagger goal missile representing… , supplied that data to the Patriot system. The Patriot launch system deployed a Patriot Superior Functionality-Three Missile Phase Enhancement (PAC-Three MSE) missile and took out the goal.
In February, the AN/TPY-2 radar detected and tracked a Black Dagger and equipped the data to the Patriot system, however the missile missed the goal “attributable to an interceptor software program improve error,” in accordance with the MDA assertion.
The error “has since been corrected, as demonstrated by at present’s profitable intercept,” the assertion notes.
The success of the check “validates the interoperability of the Patriot and THAAD weapon programs,” MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill mentioned within the assertion. “This functionality is important to the Ballistic Missile Protection System to defend towards rogue threats to our homeland, deployed forces and allies.”
The missile checks this 12 months meets a congressional requirement that the Military and MADA check integration and interoperability of the THAAD and Patriot weapon programs yearly.
The hassle makes use of among the ideas of decoupling launchers and radars so an operator, as an example, can use a THAAD radar (which might see farther than a Raytheon-made Patriot radar) however resolve to have interaction a Patriot interceptor relying on the risk image.
The flexibility to make use of the THAAD radar additionally will get extra out of the Patriot Superior Functionality-Three Missile Phase Enhancement (PAC-Three MSE) missile fired from Patriot items, which outperforms the natural Patriot radar.
In one other check final 12 months at White Sands, a PAC-Three Value Discount Initiative interceptor took out an air-breathing risk at a file distance. That check additionally confirmed it may be built-in into the Northrop Grumman-made Built-in Air and Missile Protection Battle Command System, the command-and-control system of the Military’s future air and missile protection structure.