02 Mar 11. Lockheed Martin’s enhanced version of the combat-proven PAC-3 Missile, the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE), successfully intercepted a threat representative tactical ballistic missile target in the MSE battlespace today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The PAC-3 MSE Missile provides increased performance, greater altitude and range than the PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) Missile. The PAC-3 MSE Missile variant incorporates threat-driven and technology-enabled hardware and software upgrades to defend against the advancing threat set. The PAC-3 Missile is the only Patriot missile that utilizes hit-to-kill technology to engage incoming targets.
“We continue to test the PAC-3 MSE Missile at higher altitudes and against more challenging targets, and it continues to meet expectations,” said Richard McDaniel, director of PAC-3 Missile Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We look forward to delivering this important enhanced capability to the warfighter in the near future.”
The PAC-3 MSE Missile is packaged in a single canister that stacks to provide flexibility for the Patriot or Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) launcher load-out requirements. The PAC-3 MSE Missile was selected as the primary interceptor for the multi-national MEADS in September 2006. The MEADS program completed Critical Design Review in 2010 and is now integrating and testing the radars, launchers, tactical operation centers and reloaders needed for system tests at White Sands Missile Range in 2012. Lockheed Martin achieved the first-ever hit-to-kill intercept in 1984 with the Homing Overlay Experiment, using force of impact alone to destroy a mock warhead outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Further development and testing produced today’s PAC-3 Missile, which was selected in 1993 to become the first hit-to-kill interceptor produced by the U.S. Government.
04 Mar 11. The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) active protection system, the Trophy, has successfully intercepted, for the first time, an anti-tank missile fired at an IDF tank patrolling in the southern Gaza Strip. An IDF officer in the armoured corps, confirming a hit, said the system operated automatically and hit the missile without any casualties.”The soldiers were not even sure an anti-tank missile had been fired at them,” he added. The Trophy (ASPRO-A) system, a collaborative effort between Rafael, Elta Group and General Dynamics, has been designed to actively protect IDF tanks against anti-tank missiles. The active protection system identifies various incoming threats including anti-tank missiles through special radars and sensors and fires back at the threat. (Source: armytechnology.com)
04 Mar 11. TenCate ABDS(TM) blast protection system successfully tested. TenCate Advanced Armour and ABDS A/S in Denmark in collaboration with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), have successfully completed a fullscale, underbelly improvised explosive device test on a 15ton flat-belly Armoured Personnel Carrier with fully integrated ABDS(TM). The improvised explosive device (IED) continues to be the weapon of choice for insurgents and the primary threat in Afghanistan. TenCate Advanced Armour and ABDS A/S have been working to rapidly mature the fully integrated ABDSTM and to design innovative integration concepts for a range of combat and tactical military vehicles. The ABDSTM effectively mitigates the devastating effects of IEDs, defeating the acceleration of the vehicle and vehicle structure.
Automatic and instantaneous response
The phase 3 system level test, completed on a fully instrumented vehicle, successfully incorporated the Trigger and Activation System (TAS) designed for ABDSTM. This provides an automatic and instantaneous response to the detonating IED delivering a structural and biomechanical response mode, fulfilling STANAG 4569 at classified levels.
Peter Bertelsen, ABDSTM program manager for TenCate Adva