Video: Lockheed Martin Test’s Multiple Kill Vehicle – MKV-L

December 13, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Lockheed Martin’s Multiple Kill Vehicle MKV-L is a key technology for the still planned missile defence program. It was recently demonstrated quite successfully at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The goal of the test was to hover under its own power and proprely recognize and track targets in a flight environment. According to evaluators of the test it was mission accomplished on all counts.

See the MKV-L’s propulsion system demonstrate its maneuverability in the MKV-L video below.
In the video:

The Multiple Kill Vehicle will be the first anti-ballistic missile system designed to search and destroy multiple warheads and countermeasures using a single launcher. The MKV-L approach delivers a carrier vehicle and its bandolier of kill vehicles to the battle. First, the MKV-L will fly to encounter the cloud of multiple warheads and decoys being deployed by the enemy missile. Using its long-range seeker to sort out the objects, the carrier vehicle deploys its kill vehicles, assigning each a target to destroy, and guiding them until the last few moments when they execute the kill autonomously.

Photo via Lockheed Martin


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