Kratos Ballistic-Missile Target Supports Navy AMDR Test
SAN DIEGO — Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.’s Space & Missile Defense Systems (SMDS) Division supported the U.S. Navy as the service completed the second test of the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) against a live ballistic missile target, the company said in an Aug. 22 release. The successful test was conducted on July 27 against an advanced Medium-Range Ballistic-Missile (MRBM) target, developed by Kratos and its government and industry partners.
The Kratos MRBM target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, before it was acquired and tracked by the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR. The AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR is slated to begin service on the U.S. Navy’s next generation Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer currently under development. The next generation radar promises to deliver improved range, accuracy and reliability over the SPY-1D(V) radar currently deployed on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
The three-stage separating MRBM target featuring Kratos’ Oriole motor as its third stage is one of the most sophisticated test targets flown to date. Kratos provided payload hardware including mechanical support structures, stabilizing fins, electrical event initiation systems, and active staging and separation systems.
In addition, Kratos personnel participated in mission planning, software development for attitude and event control, payload assembly, testing, target vehicle build-up and launch operations in support of the successful mission. Kratos is an industry leader in the rapid design, development demonstration and fielding of high technologically advanced, affordable systems.
Kratos SMDS provides products, solutions and services supporting ballistic missile defense, hypersonics, Aegis, AMDR, sounding rocket, directed energy, electromagnetic railgun and other national security and scientific programs.