Cobra Dane Long Range Radar Tested


Released on Thursday, September 29, 2005
United States of America
AN/FPS-108 Cobra Dane
C-17A Globemaster III
MDA - Missile Defense Agency
Lockheed Martin announced today that it has completed its first mission for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) Targets and Countermeasures program, for which the company is prime contractor. Lockheed Martin provided the test missile for the MDA's successful Cobra Dane radar tracking exercise this week.

The Lockheed Martin industry team launched the target missile from a US Air Force C-17 aircraft over the Pacific Ocean hundreds of kilometers from the Cobra Dane radar at Eareckson Air Station in Shemya, Alaska. The radar successfully tracked the test missile, demonstrating the preparedness of this element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The AN/FPS-108 Cobra Dane radar is a ground-based sensor for tracking incoming threat missiles.

For the exercise, Lockheed Martin subcontractor L-3 Coleman Aerospace of Orlando, Florida, constructed a launch vehicle that simulated a realistic missile threat.

The Targets and Countermeasures program provides realistic test environments for the Ballistic Missile Defense System being developed by the MDA to defend against all classes of ballistic missiles. The MDA awarded Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company the Targets and Countermeasures prime contract in 2003. Lockheed Martin's team includes six major subcontractors. The team's expertise spans systems engineering, design, manufacture and air-, land- and sea-launch capabilities. The Flexible Targets Family approach to be implemented in 2007 will further reduce cost and cycle time through the use of common subsystems and components for reentry vehicles, instrumentation, countermeasures, boosters and ground support.

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