Lockheed Martin Mini-Missile Takes Flight in New Demonstration

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Mini Hit to Kill Description:

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    The MHTK is designed to defeat incoming rocket, artillery, and mortar fire out to ranges of 3 - 4 km (1.9 - 2.5 miles).
    More soldiers are killed on the battlefield by mortars than by any other weapon of war. Accordingly, high priority is given to methods of defeating mortar fire. This is one of the purposes of the EAPS program, which is essentially a next-generation miniaturized version of the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system. However, rather than removing incoming threats with explosive warheads, the EAPS system uses MHTK interceptors, somewhat like a low-altitude version of the U.S. National Ballistic Missile Defense System. These interceptors are very small and highly agile rockets, only 69 cm (27 in) in length, about 3.8 cm (1.5 in) in diameter (not counting the fins), and weighing about 2.3 kg (5 lb). The MHTK is powered by a Nammo Talley rocket engine.

    http://www.gizmag.com/eaps-miniature-hit-to-kill-interceptor-flight-tested/26824/

    Main News Article:

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., April 5, 2016 – A Lockheed Martin-built Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor was successfully launched from a Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) in an engineering demonstration on April 4 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

    The launch demonstrated the agility and aerodynamic capability of the MHTK missile, which is designed to defeat rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) targets at ranges greatly exceeding those of current and interim systems. Today’s launch advances the program, increasing the level of MHTK integration maturity with the MML.

    “Today’s global security environment demands agile, close-range solutions that protect soldiers and citizens from enemy rockets, artillery and mortars,” said Hal Stuart, Lockheed Martin’s MHTK Program Manager. “This test is a critical milestone demonstrating the interceptor’s maturity, and we look forward to continuing to build on this success using key data gathered from today’s launch.”

    The MHTK interceptor was designed to be small in size while retaining the range, lethality and reliability of other Hit-to-Kill interceptors. MHTK is just over two feet (61 cm) in length and weighs five pounds (2.2 kg) at launch. The compact footprint of the MHTK allows multiple rounds to be packaged in a single MML tube.

    The MML is a key component of the Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 – Intercept program. The program is designed to provide Army forces protection from cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft systems and RAM threats. The MML is designed to carry and launch a variety of missiles from a single launcher.

    The MHTK uses Hit-to-Kill technology, which destroys threats through kinetic energy in body-to-body contact. Hit-to-Kill technology removes the risk of collateral damage seen in traditional blast-fragmentation interceptors. The MHTK interceptor complements other Lockheed Martin Hit-to-Kill missile interceptors by delivering close range lethality with proven success for a true layered defense.

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/ne...-mini-missile-takes-flight-demonstration.html

    Older test image

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    Cool!!! How cost effective are small missiles compared to C-RAM, which has been deployed to Afghanistan?

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    But I love the concept and could see it evolve into a last-ditch defense weapon on-board USN and allied ships. Augmenting Phalanx or Goalkeeper, in the event SM-2/6, ESSM or similar missiles like CAMM fail.

    Of course the Rolling Air-frame missile serves the same function:D.
     
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    I couldn't find the range for the C-RAM, but the MHTK has a range of 3-4 kilometers.
     
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    Seems MHTK outranges C-RAM by quite a but then. C-RAM is reportedly able to defend a 1.2 square kilometer area, which isn't big:

    The C-RAM also differs from the Phalanx in that the CIWS rounds are generally only in danger of hitting the ocean if they miss the target. On land, they are much more likely to cause collateral damage. So instead of the full-tungsten anti-armor rounds the Navy uses, the C-RAM's rounds self-destruct before they hit the ground. All told, the Centurion can reportedly defend a 1.2km square area from airborne threats with a 60 to 70 percent shoot-down rate.

    As seen at Balad AB in Iraq:

     
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