The US Army is testing Lockheed’s new remote missile interceptor

The US Army has completed test launch of a newly developed missile communications technology, the Remote Interceptor Guidance (RIG)-360, from aerospace firm Lockheed Martin.

The comprehensive flight test evaluated the data transmission capabilities of Lockheed’s prototype missile communications device to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missiles.

Designed to use target data from a variety of sensors, the RIG-360 offers the ability to engage an interceptor missile in 360 degrees.

During the tests, the prototype device “successfully contacted” a flying PAC-3 missile, intercepting the cruise missile’s target.

“This successful test confirms that our prototype RIG-360 is one of the many ways we continue to deliver technology to ensure customers stay ahead of the full spectrum of 21st century threats,” said VP. Scott Arnold said.

Northrop Grumman helped flight testing using an open architecture modular integrated combat control system (IBCS).

The IBCS hit the target by using the RIG-360 as a data link to the Patriot interceptor, removing the reliance of the Patriot radar on the IBCS system to provide communications to and from the interceptor.

“The ability of IBCS to integrate with any available networked sensor and effector provides the warfighter with flexibility, timing and dominance in the battlespace,” Northrup said. Christine Harbison said.

“With each unique system test, the IBCS architecture has proven that the system defines command and control capabilities across multiple domains.” The US Army is testing Lockheed’s new remote missile interceptor

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