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Environmental Assessment, AltAir. Short Range Ballistic Target Test Demonstration

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The Alternate Air Launched Ballistic Target AltAir Short Range Flight Test Demonstration program proposes to demonstrate an air launch target delivery system using standard cargo aircraft. If proven technically feasible, AltAir may provide for a highly flexible short range less than or equal to 500 kilometers km target system facilitating multi-shot engagements with high azimuth variability and mobile extended test areas, such as broad ocean areas. The Demonstration program consists of four individual tests. The first three are demonstration drops no rocket motor ignition over land at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division NAWCWPNS, China Lake site to verify parachute extraction and aircraft, missile and parachute dynamics. One of the three is a backup. The fourth test will be a live launch over water on the NAWCWPNS Point MuguSea Test Range and will demonstrate all mission critical elements. The analysis of the potential environmental impact of each test is being conducted on a range-specific basis. This Environmental Assessment EA will be limited to addressing only the live launch at Point Mugu. This EA presents the environmental analysis in support of a Finding Of No Significant Impact FONSI or further environmental document as appropriate. The analysis appears herein even though the project activities on the Range far offshore are exempt from the National Environmental Policy Act, because they are outside the 12 mile limit of United States of America U.S. territory. The activities are exempt upon the issuance of a FONSI from Executive Order 11214, which addresses environmental requirements and documentation of U.S. international actions. Executive Order 11214 applies when impacts are determined to be significant. A separate programmatic analysis of AltAirs potential application within the Theater Missile Defense test program is also planned.

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  • Surface-Launched Guided Missiles
  • Ballistics
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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