MEADS achieves dual aircraft and TBM intercept
Today, the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) intercepted and destroyed two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration of its 360-degree air and missile defense (AMD) capabilities at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
Für den so genannten Flugtest Nr.2 von MEADS wurde ein komplexes Szenario mit dem Abschuss von Flugzeug und Rakete gewählt. Der Versuch gelang am 6. November 2013 über der White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico (Foto: MEADS International).
According to the MEADS International development partners (Lockheed Martin and MBDA Germany and MBDA Italy) the flight test achieved all criteria for success. All elements of the MEADS system were tested, including the 360-degree MEADS Surveillance Radar, a networked MEADS battle manager, two lightweight launchers firing PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missiles and a 360-degree MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR).
The first target, a QF-4 Phantom air-breathing target, approached from the south as a Lance missile, flying a tactical ballistic missile trajectory, attacked from the north.
The Surveillance Radar acquired both targets and provided target cues to the MEADS battle manager, which generated cue commands for the MFCR. The MFCR tracked both targets successfully and guided missiles from launchers in the Italian and German configuration to successful intercepts. The test demonstrated over-the-shoulder maneuverability of the PAC-3 MSE Missile in engaging the targets.
The MEADS program is 3-for-3 in achieving flight test objectives. In November 2011, MEADS performed a simulated intercept of an air-breathing target. In November 2012, MEADS acquired, tracked and destroyed an MQM-107 target. Both tests demonstrated full-perimeter, 360-degree defense with the PAC-3 MSE Missile performing unique over-the-shoulder maneuvers to defeat targets attacking from behind the MEADS emplacement.