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Missile Agency Refines Concepts For UAS
Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 01/04/2010 | Amy Butler

Posted on 01/04/2010 10:47:33 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Eight months after the U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced a renewed interest in technologies for “early intercept” of ballistic missiles, plans are beginning to take shape with a focus on the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for ballistic missile target tracking.

Requirements are not yet firm for this capability, but several architecture studies will provide data on how the agency will proceed and where it plans to put its funding in the forthcoming budgets.

Early intercept (once called boost-phase or ascent-phase intercept) has been desirable for at least two reasons:

•Intercept during the threat missile’s boost allows for it to be destroyed in the enemy’s territory and eliminates its ability to enter the cold backdrop of space, where the U.S. struggles with tracking.

•If an early intercept attempt fails, there is generally time to assess and fire another weapon.

The latter strategy is particularly attractive for the Pentagon now, as threat assessments predict potential “raids” of ballistic missiles, which are tens of missiles fired nearly simultaneously in an effort to overwhelm defenses with sheer numbers of threats.

“We’d like to get him as early in the trajectory as possible. . . . Our main goal is to have enough time to hit him first, take a look and see what damage we’ve done, and then get another opportunity to shoot one more time,” says Rich Matlock, MDA director for advanced programs.

(Excerpt) Read more at aviationnow.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: ballisticmissiles; mda; missiledefense; missiles; uas

1 posted on 01/04/2010 10:47:36 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove
We’d like to get him as early in the trajectory as possible. . . . Our main goal is to have enough time to hit him first, take a look and see what damage we’ve done, and then get another opportunity to shoot one more time

Why only one more shot?

A missile barrage may require many intercepts to get them all.

2 posted on 01/04/2010 11:16:04 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: sonofstrangelove
U.S. Missile Defense Agency

Another Agency? What ever happened to the Department of Defense?

3 posted on 01/05/2010 12:30:09 AM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Sarajevo

Its the sucessor to the Strategic Defense Initiative and part of the Department of Defense


4 posted on 01/05/2010 1:21:25 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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