Lockheed Martin has conducted an engineering demonstration of its new Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, US.
The company launched the missile from a multi-mission launcher (MML), a key component of the US Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 – Intercept programme.
The MML can carry and launch a variety of missiles from a single launcher.
The launch was to evaluate the aerodynamic capability of the MHTK missile.
Lockheed Martin MHTK programme manager Hal Stuart said: "Today’s global security environment demands agile, close-range solutions that protect soldiers and citizens from enemy rockets, artillery and mortars.
"This test is a critical milestone demonstrating the interceptor’s maturity, and we look forward to continuing to build on this success using key data gathered from today’s launch."
Weighing around 2.2kg, the 2ft-long MHTK interceptor is developed to destroy rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) targets at long ranges through body-to-body impact.
The MHTK uses hit-to-kill technology, which alleviates the risk of collateral damage seen in traditional blast-fragmentation interceptors.
It supports multiple launchers and fire control sensors, and is designed to retain the range, lethality and reliability of other hit-to-kill interceptors.
The system provides soldiers with greater protection and increased flexibility compared to legacy and temporary systems.
The US Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 – Intercept programme offers army forces protection from cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft systems and RAM threats.