The Benefits of Functional Ground Testing, A Case Study of the Tomahawk Missile FGT Program
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER INDIAN HEAD DIV MD
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The Tomahawk Functional Ground Test FGT Facility at the Naval Surface Warfare CenterIndian Head Division NSWCIHD presents the Tomahawk program with a unique flight test risk reduction capability. The Tomahawk-Missile-in-the-Loop TMIL system integrates an actual strapped-down Tomahawk missile with a real time 6 DOF simulation and flies the missile through a mission to provide an economical means of obtaining data that could otherwise be only obtained through flight testing. A study of Tomahawk flight test failures shows that 72 of these failures could have been detected through FGT. Current estimates of the cost avoidance to the Tomahawk program resulting from FGT exceeds 100 million. A similar capability could prove useful on other missile programs, helping to reduce flight test risk and overall test costs.
- Guided Missiles
- Antimissile Defense Systems