Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that Kratos’ Space & Missile Defense Systems (SMDS) Division successfully supported the U.S. Navy as they completed the second test of the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) against a live ballistic missile target. The successful test was conducted on July 27, 2017 against an advanced Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target, developed by Kratos and its Government and industry partners.
The Kratos MRBM target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii before it was acquired and tracked by the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR. The AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR is slated to begin service on the U.S. Navy’s next generation Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG-51 Flight III) currently under development. The next generation radar promises to deliver improved range, accuracy and reliability over the SPY-1D(V) radar currently deployed on the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke class destroyers.
The three stage separating MRBM target featuring Kratos’ Oriole motor as its third stage is one of the most sophisticated test targets flown to date. Kratos provided payload hardware including mechanical support structures, stabilizing fins, electrical event initiation systems, and active staging and separation systems. In addition, Kratos personnel participated in mission planning, software development for attitude and event control, payload assembly, testing, target vehicle build-up and launch operations in support of the successful mission. Kratos is an industry leader in the rapid design, development demonstration and fielding of high technologically advanced, affordable systems. Kratos SMDS is a leading provider of products, solutions, and services supporting ballistic missile defense, hypersonics, Aegis, AMDR, sounding rocket, directed energy, electromagnetic railgun and other national security and scientific programs.
Mr. David Carter, President of Kratos’ Space & Missile Defense Systems Division, stated, “Kratos is proud to continue its work with government and industry partners by providing the most capable and affordable target solutions available to support the U.S. Navy’s next generation radar program. This target represents one of the most advanced targets developed by our team and we’re proud to be able to play a role in testing the AMDR.”