23 Jun '16, 6pm

We've built and launched 50 targets from land, sea and air. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)

We've built and launched 50 targets from land, sea and air. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)

Over the last two decades, the Lockheed Martin Targets team has taken their role in Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) target practice very seriously. The team receives high-fidelity threat system ballistic missile performance requirements from the government and builds ballistic missile targets to meet those requirements and represent real-world threats. The Targets team then fields and launches these threat-representative missiles to test the ability of the BMDS to detect, track classify, discriminate, and, in the case of lethality intercept tests, negate the targets. In May 2016, the team flew their 50th successful high-fidelity target mission. Each of those 50 targets has supported developmental or readiness testing of missile defense elements as the BMDS continues to mature with frequently-evolving threats. Over these 50 missions, the team has launched a mix of s...

Full article: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/features/2016/targe...

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