Accession Number : ADA319957
Title : The Patriot PAC-3 Missile Program - An Affordable Integration Approach,
Corporate Author : LOCKHEED MARTIN VOUGHT SYSTEMS CORP DALLAS TX
Personal Author(s) : O'Reilly, Patrick ; Walters, Ed
PDF Url : ADA319957
Report Date : SEP 1996
Pagination or Media Count : 13
Abstract : The affordable PAC-3 system upgrade approach is based on innovative, joint consolidation and integration of existing industry and government assets. Through the integrated use of a network of geographically dispersed simulation, hardware in the loop, and test facilities, the PAC-3 missile design and performance is being analyzed and verified prior to first missile flight. This process begins with the thorough and rigorous testing of missile components. It then continues with the use of integrated simulations which is a key activity to verify and predict PATRIOT system performance with PAC-3 upgrades. The process is culminated with system level and flight testing conducted at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. During the Gulf War, the PATRIOT air defense system made its now-famous battlefield debut against Tactical Ballistic Missiles (TBMs). Through a succession of improvements and modifications to refocus its mission on missile defense, PATRIOT helped defend coalition forces and Israeli territory from Iraqi Scud missile attacks. Despite this success, we realized that we needed to improve lethality (ability to destroy hard TBM warheads), radar detection range, defended area (footprint) and automatic recording of battle data. Improvements to the Engagement Control Station (ECS), radar, missile and launcher were planned to counter the TBM threat. Not only would a new state of the art Hit to Kill (HTK) technology advanced missile need to be developed, but it needed to be quickly and affordably integrated into the existing PATRIOT system.
Descriptors : *INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, *SYSTEMS APPROACH, *SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES, *BALLISTIC MISSILE INTERCEPT SYSTEMS, AIR DEFENSE, SIMULATION, WARFARE, IRAQ, INDUSTRIES, MODIFICATION, ATTACK, RADAR, INTEGRATION, RECORDING SYSTEMS, LETHALITY, NEW MEXICO, RANGE(DISTANCE), BATTLES, AUTOMATIC, TACTICAL WEAPONS, TEST FACILITIES, GUIDED MISSILE COMPONENTS, ADVANCED WEAPONS, WARHEADS.
Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems
Surface-launched Guided Missiles
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE