The U.S. Army collaborated withÂ Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) on a flight testÂ aimed to demonstrateÂ the performance of a missile defense system against intercept air-breathing threats.
Lockheed said Monday the team deployed the Bestheda, Md.-based companyâs PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative interceptor, theÂ Northrop-built Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System and an integrated fire control network equipped withÂ multiple sensors.
In a separate announcement, Northrop said the team used a drone as a cruise missile stand-in and leveragedÂ IBCS operations centers, Patriot and Sentinel radars, and two PAC-3 interceptors to destroy the drone target.
Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager ofÂ missile defense and protective systems atÂ Northrop, said the test showcasedÂ IBCSâ capacity to intercept threats close to its origin.
âWe expect PAC-3 Hit-to-Kill interceptors to continue serving as an essential element in integrated, layered defense systems,â noted Scott Arnold, vice president and deputy of integrated air and missile defense at Lockheed’sÂ missiles and fire control segment.
IBCS handled the processing of radar data in addition to detecting, tracking and engaging the low-flying threat. PAC-3 used its “hit-to-kill” features to intercept the incoming platform.