MEADS successfully completes first intercept flight test (With video)


Leada Gore | lgore@al.com

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Leada Gore | lgore@al.com

The Huntsville Times

on November 29, 2012 at 4:18 PM, updated November 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

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The Medium Extended Air Defense System, or MEADS, successfully intercepted an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept flight test. MEADS International officials said the test “achieved all criteria for success.”
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The Medium Extended Air Defense System, or MEADS,
successfully intercepted an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept
flight test. MEADS International officials said the test “achieved all criteria
for success.”

Today’s test at White Sands Missile Range utilized MEADS
full-perimeter, 360-degree defense capabilities with the PAC-3 MSE performing
an over-the-shoulder maneuver to detect, track, intercept and destroy the
target.

“This is a proud day,” said Gregory Kee, general manager for
the Huntsville-based NATO MEADS Management Agency. “Since 2008, we have
executed every task on schedule and within the budgets that three governments
have tasked us to do in the MEADS project. This is a demonstration of the
capabilities that the nations can harvest as they move forward.”

MEADS, a joint project of Germany, Italy and the U.S. with
major subcontractor Lockheed Martin, is designed to be a ground-mobile air and
missile defense system that incorporates 360-degree radars, netted and distributed
battle management, transportable
launchers and the hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement. It is intended
to provide increased protection against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise
missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft. MEADS officials said it
defends up to 8 times the coverage area of other systems.

MEADS successfully completed its first flight test on Nov.
17, 2011 against a simulated target attacking from behind. A PAC-3 MSE
Certified Missile Round was employed during the test along with the MEADS
lightweight launcher and battle manager.

“MEADS provides advanced capabilities that detect, track and
intercept evolving threats from farther away and without blind spots,” MEADS
International President Dave Berganini said. “Today’s successful intercept
proves MEADS’ advertised capabilities are real. Its digital designs and modern
hardware and software ensure high reliability rates and dramatically reduced
operational and support costs.”

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