Old missiles find new life as strategic test targets – Theredstonerocket

Old missiles find new life as strategic test targets – Theredstonerocket

The Space and Missile Defense Command low-cost target team has supported the latest missile defense tests.

SMDC Technical Center’s Targets Division launched a Black Dagger target from Fort Wingate, New Mexico, into White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Oct. 1 during a flight test demonstrating new interoperability between the Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, systems.

“Preliminary indications are that the launch was very successful,” Cain Crouch, launch test director and aerospace engineer with the Targets Division, said. “The purpose was to further test the capability of the interceptor system and at first glance, the target met all performance requirements and our customers are extremely satisfied with the target performance.

“This was the Targets Division’s third successful ballistic missile target launch in 98 days. I don’t think there are many, if any, teams in the world that could accomplish
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