Lockheed completes flight test of Miniature Hit-to-Kill interceptor missile

2 August 2016 (Last Updated August 2nd, 2016 18:30)

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the second flight test of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor, which is developed for the US Army.

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the second flight test of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor, which is developed for the US Army.

Conducted at the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the test launch validated MHTK missile's agility and aerodynamic capability.

The engineering demonstration was carried out as part of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center’s (AMRDEC) extended area protection and survivability (EAPS) programme.

AMRDEC programme manager Janice Booth said: “We still need to review the data gathered, but we are pleased with what we have seen so far.

“The MHTK has the potential to bring miniaturised capabilities to the warfighter with lower costs and reduced logistic footprints, and opens up a world of opportunities for applications of small interceptors.”

"Today’s global security environment demands agile, close-range solutions that protect warfighters and citizens from enemy rockets, artillery and mortars."

The 72cm-long MHTK interceptor is designed for use against rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) targets at ranges greatly exceeding those of current and interim systems, Lockheed said in a statement.

The MHTK uses Hit-to-Kill technology that delivers interceptor energy, while removing the risk of collateral damage seen in traditional blast-fragmentation interceptors.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Air and Missile Defense vice-president Bob Saxer said: “Today’s global security environment demands agile, close-range solutions that protect warfighters and citizens from enemy rockets, artillery and mortars.

“This test is another successful milestone demonstrating the interceptor’s maturity as well as performance, and we look forward to continuing to build on this success.”


Image: A Lockheed Martin MHTK missile streaks skyward during a flight test. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.