Destructive Expendable (DE) Countermeasures (CM) System
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The idea of kinetic kill as a means of aircraft self protection against anti-aircraft missiles was presented at the 1995 conference held in May at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The concept can be envisioned as building a brick wall in the path of the incoming missile. When the missile strikes the brick wall the missile is destroyed and does no damage to the aircraft. Notice that the brick wall works no matter what the incoming missile might be. It doesnt care if the missile is launched from another aircraft or from the surface. The brick wall also doesnt care how the missile is guided RF, IR or imaging. The questions of interest about the brick wall are How big must it be What building materials must be used How far away from the aircraft must it be built How much time is available to build it How much time is needed to build it A newly designed expendable, a Destructive Expendable, that would be compatible in size and weight with an MJU-10 flare and that could be launched using an existing dispenser would be the ideal solution. This progress report on the kinetic kill concept will discuss simulation and test results completed since then, which show the promise of the concept. This progress report will also indicate issues where much work remains to be done.