Missile Systems Testing
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ability to destroy in-flight hostile aircraft, cruise missiles and the
full spectrum of ballistic missiles is critical to the survival of military
forces on the battlefield. This capability is accomplished through the
employment of a netted and distributed architecture composed of sensors,
data distribution systems and a variety of air defense weapons. The
capabilities of such air defense systems are constantly being advanced to
keep pace with the threat in terms of speed, accuracy and lethality.
Technologies plays a key role in the operational testing
and technical evaluation of several air defense systems and components to
include the Patriot and THAAD.
Air defense weapon systems are composed of a variety of major sub-systems to
include sensor, BMC3I and interceptor. Our experts support the
testing of all such components to include infrared seekers, command and
control battle management systems, communications systems, precision
pointing and tracking optics, as well as radar and signal processors. As
part of the testing process, multiple operational test events are developed,
executed and evaluated. Our personnel develop detailed reports from
the raw data that is recorded throughout the testing period. Additionally, personnel
participate in the follow-on review of all information and evaluations to
determine the success or failure of each test criteria. Personnel
also assist in the development of the Final Test Report that is presented to
the government representative.
Test planning begins with the development of an effective and affordable
test concept that serves as the bases for the creation of a test plan. A
thorough analysis of all relevant documents is then performed to gain a
detailed understanding of the characteristics and capabilities of the system
that is being tested. An analysis of the system’s operational requirements
and design specifications is also necessary to understanding the performance
and effectiveness measures that will be evaluated. Such efforts form the
basis for all other system analysis activities.
Close coordination within the test community is essential in order to
minimize resource requirements and costs, eliminate unnecessary redundancy and
maximize efficiency. Additionally, it serves to align the collective efforts
of material developers, evaluators and key decision makers. In this manner,
test requirements/events are assessed, appropriate test beds are identified,
data collection requirements are determined, and test resources are
allocated. Such coordination is accomplished throughout the testing period
via integrated process and product teams, in-process reviews, design reviews
and technical working groups.
Testing is conducted in one or more environments, such as laboratory,
simulation facility and field. Additionally, a test may be conducted at the
component-, subsystem-, or system-level. Detailed test procedures are
developed and implemented to satisfy test plan requirements and ensure
appropriate data is collected on each test objective.
Throughout the conduct of a test, data collectors observe each test event,
record information and perform an initial analysis of the data gathered.
Test results are then combined assimilating and analyzed to quantify
performance and effectiveness of the system in comparison with established
norms and requirements. Analytical tools may include specialized data processing
equipment and techniques, application software and analytical expertise.
Once all information has been assessed, the results along with quantifiable
measurements of data accuracy and confidence levels are presented in the
final test report.
Technologies understands the importance of providing its customers with a
comprehensive written test report that addresses all test objectives and includes the data required to support critical program decisions. This
document is created from the outline developed during the planning phase of
the test. The information contained in the final report will be summarized
and presented as an overview briefing.
High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM)
Advanced Capability 3 (PAC 3)
Line-of-Sight Anti-Tank Missile (LOSAT)
Surface-Launched Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM)
Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS)
Engagement Area Defense System (MEADS)
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