The US Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC / ARST) has completed flight testing of the newly developed Economical Target-1 (ET-1) missile at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, US.
During the testing, the target missile’s flight trajectory was tracked by several sensors, including the Weibel radar system, a portable system owned and operated by Eglin Air Force Base that is known for providing detailed tracking and performance data.
SMDC / ARSTRAT technical centre flight test services chief, Bryon Manley, said: "The ET-1 provides a cost effective, rail-launched, theatre-class tactical ballistic missile target designed to supplement aging flight test inventories."
Designed to fill capability gaps for representative threat targets during testing, the ET-1 is a threat representative tactical ballistic missile that provides reduced target cost impact for operational test and evaluation systems and can also be used to test the Patriot Advanced Concept-3 (PAC-3) missile system.
The ET-1 was developed by the US Army in collaboration with the US Air Force (USAF) as a combination of excess government furnished equipment (GFE).
Manley said: "The body and motor are GFE, whilst the nose and tail assembly were assembled at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, US, which makes the ET-1 vehicle economical."
Manley added: "Mission requirements for future ET-1 flight tests will be determined based on the results of today’s test."
Weighing 25,000lbs, the 25K TTL is C-17 and C-5 transportable, treaty-compliant rail launcher developed to support the US Department of Defense (Dod) operational testing of theatre-class tactical ballistic missile targets on national ranges.
Image: The 25K TTL launches the US Army’s Economical Target-1 missile Ballistic Missile at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, US. Photo: US Army.