Skip to comments.Missile Agency Refines Concepts For UAS
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 missiles boost allows for it to be destroyed in the enemys 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.
Wed 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 weve done, and then get another opportunity to shoot one more time, says Rich Matlock, MDA director for advanced programs.
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Why only one more shot?
A missile barrage may require many intercepts to get them all.
Another Agency? What ever happened to the Department of Defense?
Its the sucessor to the Strategic Defense Initiative and part of the Department of Defense