Lockheed Martin has sucessufly tested the propulsion system for its Multiple Kill Vehicle payload, the company says.

Lockheed says the carrier vehicle’s divert and attitude control system, built by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, met performance objectives set by the US Missile Defence Agency.

The Multiple Kill Vehicle adds volume kill capability for the war fighter and is a force multiplier of all the land and sea-based weapons of the integrated midcourse missile defence system.

During an engagement with the enemy, the propulsion system manoeuvres the carrier vehicle and its cargo of kill vehicles into the threat complex to intercept the targets.

With tracking data from the ballistic missile defence system and its own heat-detecting sensor, the carrier vehicle dispenses and guides the kill vehicles to destroy targets in the complex using their own individual rockets.