NEWS | Feb. 15, 2012

Short Range Ballistic Target Successfully Launched


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Today the U.S. Army Space and Missile DefenseCommand/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) successfullycompleted a flight test of the new Economical Target-1 (ET-1) at Eglin AirForce Base, Fla.

At 8:00 a.m. EST the ET-1 missile was launched from the Santa Rosa Test Siteon Eglin AFB into the broad ocean area within the test range. This launchdemonstrated USASMDC/ARSTRATs capability to provide low cost targets to avariety of customers.

The target missile's flight was successfully tracked by several rangesensors and preliminary indications are that all data collection objectiveswere met. More detailed information will be available following post dateprocessing by the radars.

The objectives of the test were to demonstrate three Central Test andEvaluation Investment Program (CTEIP) efforts: the first flight of the ET-1;the use of the 25K Transportable Target Launcher; and the first phase of atactical ballistic missile study.

The ET-1 was launched using another new USASMDC/ARSTRAT product, the 25KTTL. The 25K TTL is a transportable, mission-configurable 25,000pounds-capacity developed to support DoD operational testing oftheater-class tactical ballistic missile targets.

This launch was supported by the 46th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base.