The MEADS missile defense system just underwent it’s first interception test flight in New Mexico. The system successfully targeted and destroyed two remote controlled jets coming from opposite directions.
America’s new missile defense system just made its first intercept test flight at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, where it targeted, tracked, intercepted and destroyed two jet fighters. The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), as it is called, is a next-generation ground-mobile air and missile defense system which will replace the Patriot missile defense system currently in use. It uses the hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missile as well as a 360-degree radar and “netted and distributed battle management”, which all comes packed into a launcher that can be transported easily. All of these systems were tested at White Sands.
The missiles successfully managed to lock onto two QF-4 jets (a radio-controlled version of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom) at the same time and destroyed both of them. This is despite the jets coming from opposite directions, which demonstrates the power of the 360-degree radar. And yes, it’s all caught on video for you to marvel at.
“Today’s successful flight test further demonstrates MEADS’ ability to identify, track, engage and defeat targets attacking from any direction using a single mobile launcher,” said NATO MEADS Management Agency General Manager Gregory Kee, “Today’s successful intercept proves MEADS’ advertised capabilities are real. Its digital designs, and modern hardware and software ensure high reliability rates and dramatically reduced operational and support costs.” MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States are some of MEAD’s larger subcontractors, so the system will see quite a large distribution once it hits the market.