Accession Number : ADA328994

Title :   Atmospheric Interceptor Technology (AIT) Status and Test Results,

Corporate Author : ARMY SPACE AND STRATEGIC DEFENSE COMMAND HUNTSVILLE AL

Personal Author(s) : Cantrell, Mike ; Ennis, Doug ; Muras, Andrew D.

PDF Url : ADA328994

Report Date : 06 AUG 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : The goal of AIT is to revolutionize the development of endoatmospheric interceptors. The technology is designed to perform intercepts from the low atmosphere up through the low exoatmosphere, all at much higher velocities and performance than current and past systems. These technologies not only decrease size and weight of the KV, but also allow for increases in battlespace, coverage or footprint performance and lethality. This provides the warfighter with multiple fire control options in employing the optimum battlefield engagement strategies. Significant AIT technology advancements include: cooled window/forebody, strapdown seeker, solid propellant divert and attitude control system (DACS) and a lightweight integrated vehicle. This paper will provide the status of AIT technology, including results of the ground testing program conducted over the past year. AIT is demonstrating the advanced lightweight interceptor technologies required to achieve hit-to-kill on a precise aimpoint with the target body, thus ensuring the highest kill probability for all warheads. The AIT technologies, integrated into a modular KV design, incorporate the best ideas from numerous technology programs conducted over the past decade. Planning is underway to fold AIT technology into BMDO system programs and provide the enabling technology for increased mission capabilities.

Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *INTERCEPTORS, ACCURACY, LIGHTWEIGHT, LETHALITY, AIMING, EXOSPHERE, KILL MECHANISMS, INTERCEPTION PROBABILITIES, LOW ALTITUDE, ENDOATMOSPHERE.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE