MEADS Integration Testing Continues At Two Test Ranges As Prelude To 360-Degree Test Flight
As the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) prepares for an intercept flight test later this year, the first Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) continues system-level integration at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy. Test objectives include performance verification and demonstration of the MEADS MFCR in a full system configuration. The MFCR will demonstrate key functionalities including 360-degree target acquisition and track using both dedicated flight tests and non-military aircraft.
MEADS International President Dave Berganini said, “The MEADS MFCR combines extraordinary capability to detect and track advanced threats, yet provides high mobility and C-130 transportability. The MEADS system offers coverage and flexibility at a lower cost, including complete 360-degree defense that protects military sites and civilians against next-generation threats. The advanced solid-state architecture is more reliable than fielded systems, and MEADS can provide eight times the coverage with far fewer system assets.”
Also to support the upcoming intercept flight test, a first-of-its-kind mobile test facility has been delivered to White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The MEADS System Stimulator – Mobile is a suite of test equipment that generates real-time synthetic targets and validates operational MEADS system performance. By accelerating data collection, it reduces time and cost required to validate system performance.
“With this versatile testing capability, we are able to evaluate and assess MEADS system elements hundreds of times between actual live flight tests,” said MEADS International Technical Director Marco Riccetti.
MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, Fla., is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States.
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