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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar Tracks Tactical Ballistic Missile for First Time

MEADS MFCRIn preparation for an upcoming dual-intercept test later this year, a Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) successfully acquired and tracked a Lance tactical ballistic missile (TBM) at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. This was the first attempt by a MEADS radar to track a live TBM.

The X-band MFCR detected the Lance TBM soon after launch and maintained Dedicated Track Mode until shortly before ground impact. This test characterized MFCR performance against a TBM-class target, and demonstrated the radar’s 360-degree rotating mode capability.

“No other transportable air and missile defense radar provides the MEADS combination of 360-degree coverage, superior range and positioning flexibility,” said MEADS International President Dave Berganini.

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