Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Raytheon, US Army complete first AI3 guided flight test series

Raytheon, US Army complete first AI3 guided flight test series: Raytheon and the U.S. Army successfully completed the first guided test vehicle (GTV) flight series of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative (AI3) program. The series consisted of two flight tests against different target profiles.
In each case after launch, the interceptor initially guided on in-flight radio frequency datalink updates from the fire control radar that was tracking the inbound rocket target threat. The on-board seeker provided the missile's terminal guidance to intercept the target.
"These tests were the first opportunity to demonstrate the full integration and kill chain of the tactical AI3 Battle Element system," said Michael Van Rassen, the Army's Project Director for AI3.
"We continue to validate AI3's enhanced capabilities that will save warfighters' lives."
The AI3 Battle Element system consists of the Raytheon AI3 missile and Ku Band Radio Frequency System fire control radar, Avenger AI3 launcher with modified technical fire control, and command and control node.