TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 4, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE:
RTN) has successfully flight tested a key component of the Network Centric
Airborne Defense Element missile defense system with the intercept of a
test ballistic missile. The Dec. 3 test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.,
demonstrated the NCADE infrared seeker's ability to acquire and track a
ballistic missile target in the boost phase.
NCADE is an air-launched weapon system designed to engage short- and
medium-range ballistic missiles in the boost and ascent phase of flight.
NCADE provides an interim or near-term solution to boost or ascent phase
"This test provides clear evidence that the NCADE seeker is a viable
solution against a boosting ballistic missile threat," said Mike Booen,
Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Advanced Missile Defense. "NCADE
fills a critical niche in the Ballistic Missile Defense system and provides
a revolutionary, low-cost approach to interceptor development and
An Air National Guard F-16 test aircraft from the Air National
Guard-Air Force Reserve Command Test Center, Tucson, Ariz., launched the
AIM-9X airframe that carried the NCADE seeker.
The NCADE interceptor leverages many proven components and
technologies, including the aerodynamic design, aircraft interface and
flight control system of Raytheon's Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air
Missile. The commonality with AMRAAM enables NCADE to launch from a wide
variety of aircraft. NCADE's small size enables it to be carried by and
launched from smaller unmanned aerial vehicles, providing a potential
NCADE also leverages proven imaging infrared seeker components from
existing Raytheon production programs. This enables a potentially rapid
development and fielding path.
Last year, Raytheon teammate Aerojet successfully tested the NCADE
second stage axial propulsion system, demonstrating the maturity of this
new propulsion system. Future testing will involve the missile's divert and
attitude control system.
Source: Raytheon Successfully Tests New Air-Launched Missile Defense System
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