launchers on the F/A- 18 jet fighter
bomber and other combat aircraft.
They found their solution at
Behlman Electronics in Hauppauge,
N. Y., awarding a $21.7 million contract
for as many as 180 Common Aircraft
Armament Test Sets (CAATS) and 100
Pure Air Generator System Adapter
Sets (PAGS PAS). The new weapons-launcher test and measurement
equipment will help test and troubleshoot U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and
international military bomb racks,
missile launchers, pylons and emerging weapons carriage devices across
most aircraft weapons systems at the
intermediate maintenance level.
Personnel in the Navy, Marine
Corps, and militaries of Spain,
Italy, Finland, and Kuwait will use
the CAATS system to test rack and
launcher weapons interfaces of the
aircraft to ensure proper system
functionality and safety prior to
loading ordnance. The PAS interfaces with the CAATS to test LAU- 7
and LAU-127 high-pressure pure
air generator (HiPPAG) weapons
launchers, and provides pressure
test capability to evaluate emerging
pneumatic pressure-release launchers, such as the Joint Miniature
Munitions Bomb Rack Unit.
The LAU- 7 air-to-air missile
launcher carries and deploys the
AIM- 9 heat-seeking missile and
instrumentation pods on Navy and
Marine Corps F/A- 18 fighter-bombers. The LAU-127 missile rail launcher
enables the F/A- 18 to carry and launch
the radar-guided AIM-120 Advanced
Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile
and AIM-9X advanced heat-seeking
missile, and provides the electrical,
mechanical, and data-transfer interface between missiles and aircraft
cockpit controls and displays.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency
(MDA), the U.S. Army, and industry
joined forces at the end of July 2017
to test a critical missile defense capability, the Terminal High Altitude
Area Defense (THAAD) system, built
by an industry team led by Lockheed
Martin in Bethesda, Md.
The THAAD system at Pacific
Spaceport Complex Alaska in
Kodiak, Alaska, detected, tracked,
and intercepted an intermediate-
range ballistic missile (IRBM) target,
achieving its first IRBM intercept.
During the test, a U.S. Air Force
C- 17 Globemaster III military trans-
port aircraft air-launched a ballistic
missile target over the Pacific Ocean
north of Hawaii. The THAAD radar
detected, acquired, and tracked the
target, after which the THAAD sys-
tem launched an interceptor that
destroyed the target’s reentry vehicle
with the force of a direct collision.
This test marked the 14th suc-
cessful intercept in 14 attempts for
the THAAD system since 2005. The
Ballistic Missile Defense Operational
Test Agency, Department of Defense
Operational Test and Evaluation,
Army Test and Evaluation Com-
mand, U.S. Army, Joint Forces
Component Command for Integrated
Missile Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S.
Coast Guard, and Pacific Spaceport
Complex Alaska (PSCA) provided
support. MDA officials anticipate
deploying 50 THAAD weapon sys-
tems globally by September 2018.
The THAAD system is rapidly
deployable, mobile, and interoperable
with other Ballistic Missile Defense
System (BMDS) elements, including
Patriot/PAC- 3, Aegis, forward-based
One Web Satellites begins end-to-end validation, testing, and integration of its first satellites.
Marvin Test Systems’ GENASYS is used to test
board- and box-level satellite subassemblies.