Accession Number : ADA319965

Title :   Interceptor Concepts for the US UAV BPI Program,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP LOS ANGELES CA

Personal Author(s) : Brown, Steve ; Zondervan, Kevin L. ; Barrera, Mark ; Urbano, Reynaldo ; Svorec, Ray

PDF Url : ADA319965

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) is managing the US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Boost Phase Intercept (BPI) program. The program's goal is to investigate the potential of UAV-based interceptors to provide a boost-phase defensive tier against theater ballistic missiles. A Technology Assessment and Risk Mitigation Effort is underway to determine the requirements of a UAV BPI system. The Advanced Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Material Command (AFMC/SMC/ADE) has been selected to lead the interceptor integrated product team (IPT). The interceptor IPT's efforts during its first year have been focused on surfacing attractive interceptor conceptual designs and selecting a preliminary design. This paper presents the requirements and rationale leading to the preliminary interceptor design. The history of the concept of airborne interceptors for boost-phase defense is briefly reviewed, including how a consensus emerged for the current UAV-based approach. Top-level interceptor requirements are then derived and several concepts are proposed for meeting them. The pros and cons of the alternative interceptor concepts are examined, leading to a single concept. A preliminary interceptor design is then presented for this concept.

Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *INTERCEPTORS, *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES, GUIDED MISSILES, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, AIRCRAFT, RISK, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, BOOST PHASE, AIRBORNE, INTERCEPTION, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), SURFACES, UNMANNED, AIR FORCE FACILITIES.

Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft
      Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE