Accession Number : ADA189311

Title :   Ground-Based High-Power Microwave Decoy Discrimination System.

Descriptive Note : Technical progress rept. no. 2, 1 Jan-31 Dec 87,

Corporate Author : HUGHES RESEARCH LABS MALIBU CA

Personal Author(s) : Eckhardt, Wilfried O ; Chilton, Freank ; Dolezal, Frank A ; Generosa, John I ; Harvey, Robin J

PDF Url : ADA189311

Report Date : 23 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 104

Abstract : The objectives of the subject contract are to conduct a detailed investigation of the feasibility of a ground-based high-power microwave decoy discrimination system to explore key technology items required for the implementation of such a system, and to design a prototype system. If an effective defense against a massive strategic missile attack is to become feasible, one of the important problems that must be solved is to devise a system capable of reliable discrimination between decoys and reentry vehicles. In principle, high-power microwaves (HPMs) can be expected to provide an effective discrimination mechanism. The most important features of the concept are (1) all aspects of the system, with the possible exception of long-range sensors, are ground-based, yet there is an all-weather capability; (2) HPM/target interactions can be studied in ground-based experiments; and (3) the system hardware is expected to be highly modular and thus amenable to upgrading in several stages, based on successful testing. Keywords: Decoy discrimination; High-power microwaves; and Ballistic missile defense.

Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *DECOYS, *DETECTORS, *TARGETS, ALL WEATHER, ATTACK, DISCRIMINATION, GROUND LEVEL, GUIDED MISSILES, HIGH POWER, INTERACTIONS, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), MICROWAVES, PROTOTYPES, REENTRY VEHICLES, RELIABILITY, STRATEGIC WARFARE, STRATEGIC WEAPONS

Subject Categories : Directed Energy Weapons
      Countermeasures

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE