Session Topic: Threats and Targets. Hera: Threat Replication Covering the Spectrum of TMD Targets,
COLEMAN AEROSPACE CO ORLANDO FL LAUNCH SYSTEMS GROUP
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Development of Theater Missile Defense TMD systems requires testing against threat representative targets which fulfill specific test objectives for both the individual test and the overall program. The specific target parameters of interest vary depending on the phase and maturity of the interceptor or sensor program. The target provides the linkage between actual threats and interceptor testing. The flexible Hera delivery system and modular design provide the capability to match evolving threats including generic Tactical Ballistic Missiles TBMs, exact threat replicas, and complex payloads. Threat replication capability includes kinematics, signature, dynamics, physical properties, payloads, and lethality. In addition to providing a varying level of stressing engagement parameters, the extensive Hera instrumentation suite provides real-time telemetry data to confirm accomplishment of specific interceptor mission flight test objectives. Flexibility is provided via mission kits such that individual missions can be tailored to fit particular interceptor mission requirements. This paper presents the Hera threat replication capability which covers the spectrum of TMD targets. An example of the mission planning process to provide a tailored target mission for specific objectives is presented.
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