Missile Systems Testing

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Defense Systems Testing
Missile Systems Testing


The 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.

Glacier 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.

Services: 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 Stages:

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.

Coordination: 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.

Execution: 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.

Analysis: 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.

Reporting: 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.

Results: Glacier 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.

Missiles Tested:

          Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

          Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM)

          Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC 3)

          Line-of-Sight Anti-Tank Missile (LOSAT)

          Surface-Launched Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM)

          Theater Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS)

          Medium Engagement Area Defense System (MEADS)


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