Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: BV+
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Maiden Flight: January 2004
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Boost Vehicle-Plus (BV+) is a booster developed by a Lockheed Martin-led team to fit into Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Ground Midcourse Defense (GMD) program. Lockheed-Martin was awarded the development contract in 2003. The BV+ features a three-stage design with the second and third stages powered by ATK's Orbus 1A solid rocket motor replacing the motors originally supplied by Pratt & Whitney which exited the program before 2004. BV+ was developed as one of two booster designs for GMD interceptors to ensure flexibility engaging advanced long range ballistic missile threats.
In January 2004 BV+ booster vehicle conducted successfully its first validation flight. The propulsion system based on Orbus motors was expected to be cleared before the end of 2005. The primary emplacement for BV+ missiles would be Alaska and California. Like the PLV, BV+ carries an exo-atmospheric kill vehicle warhead close to the threat. Then the kill vehicle heads to the target using its own propulsion system. Finally, executes the kill maneuver employing the vehicle's kinetic energy through force of impact. The BV+ should attain operational capability by 2006.
BV+ missile utilizes ATK's GEM-40VN rocket motor as the first stage.
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