Lockheed Tests Anti-Rocket, Mortar Interceptor; Loretta Painter Comments

LockheedLogoLockheed Martin has completed the first guided test flight of a missile interceptor intended to counter adversarial rocket, artillery and mortars by using a radar to track the threat while in flight.

The Extended Area Protection and Survivability Program test on Friday at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. was intended to evaluate the interceptor’s seeker, guidance, navigation and control systems, Lockheed said Thursday.

During the test, the Miniature Hit-to-Kill interceptor’s radar detected and tracked a test mortar and also flew close to the target to gather data, the company said.

Loretta Painter, EAPS program director, said the company collected data to help develop the indirect fire protection system.

MHTK interceptors are designed to detect energy from a ground illuminator reflected off the mortar target and also respond to the reflected energy.

The MHTK interceptor measures at less than 3.2 feet long, less than 2 inches in diameter and less than 6.6 pounds mass at launch.

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