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10 Apr 07. Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the second flight test of its P44 long-range strike missiles Friday at White Sands Missile Range, NM. This Control Test Vehicle (CTV) flight builds on a successful Ballistic Test Vehicle (BTV) flight in February, and validates the functionality of the control actuation system and GPS-aided inertial guidance mode for P44. The P44 CTV missile achieved all test objectives, demonstrating both boost and sustain operations, stability in cruise mode and GPS guidance mode. This P44 missile was launched from a surrogate High Mobility Artillery Rocket System® (HIMARS) launcher. The missile maintained stability during boost and sustain flight phases using a fin-control actuation system. It transitioned from boost to cruise, established a GPS fix and executed maneuvers to steer to the aim point. The P44 BTV was successfully flown at the White Sands Missile Range on February 15, 2007. Both missiles were launched from a HIMARS launcher, demonstrating designed-in compatibility with deployed force structure.
06 Apr 07. NetFires LLC successfully launched a Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System Precision Attack Missile April 4 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., taking the missile system a significant step toward full- up missile testing planned for later this year. After a successful launch from a tactical Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System Container Launch Unit, the Precision Attack Missile enhanced ballistic test vehicle — equipped with a telemetry system in place of a warhead and a high- fidelity mass stimulant seeker — completed the launch sequence and transitioned to flight. The enhanced ballistic test vehicle missile’s wings and fins deployed, the Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System navigational system successfully operated, and the thrust vector control system and control actuator system controlled the airframe. Additionally, the telemetry system, battery system, air data system and propulsion system functioned properly.
09 Apr 07. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar built by Raytheon Company performed successfully in the second integrated flight test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii April 5. The test resulted in the successful intercept of a “mid-endoatmospheric” (inside Earth’s atmosphere) unitary (non-separating) target over the Pacific Ocean and demonstrated fully integrated radar, launcher, fire control, missile and engagement functions of the THAAD weapon system.
08 Apr 07. The BAE Systems Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) has successfully flown its latest mission system upgrade, a development of the Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS). The BAE Systems’ TERPROM® system has been integrated into the aircraft’s mission computer to enable the provision of a GPWS. TERPROM® is a digital ground-mapping database which the aircraft’s mission system links to a projection of the aircraft’s current flight path. Should the aircraft be flown too close to the ground, or obstacles such as masts and pylons the pilot is provided with a voice and visual warning, enabling the pilot to recover the aircraft. GPWS is just one of several developments that can be found on the new Hawk AJT, the latest version of the world’s most successful advanced jet trainer. As well as GPWS the Hawk AJT, which was recently down-selected into the final three aircraft to meet the UAE’s requirement for a trainer aircraft, also comes equipped with: Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). The Hawk AJT is the only advanced jet trainer that has TCAS. The system monitors space around the aircraft and by interrogating signals given off by other aircraft in that airspace, can determine if a potential clash exists. If there is a potential airspace conflict, the system provides recommended manoeuvres to avoid a clash.
04 Apr 07. Harris, Raytheon Claim NMT Successes. Ro