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Joint Theater Missile Defense (TMD) Test and Evaluation (T&E) (JTMD T&E) (U)

Overview (U):

(U) The Joint Theater Missile Defense Test and Evaluation project provides for BMD planning, coordination of integrated Test and Evaluation activities, including target support.

Description (U):

(U) This project provides for BMD planning, coordination of integrated Test and Evaluation activities, as well as inter-service Test and Evaluation efforts for assessment of the Family of Systems (FoS). Once the test plans are developed, test resource and target development and support is provided. The program provides for support to the Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) mandatory Live-Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E). This includes estimates of probability of kill of chemical/biological submunitions, creation of models to determine chemical/biological ground effects, confirmation of damage laws from low mass/high-velocity intercepts, confirmation of damage laws from high velocity rods, development of generic lethality targets. Additionally, this project provides the following: independent assessments of the JTMD system; maturity evaluation of technology programs; multiple-fidelity models and simulation to support system development testing; and execution of independent technical reviews, system analyses and performance evaluations which contribute to new or enhanced capabilities; management of the development process, and the decision-making process related to the allocation of resources. The performance evaluation has as its primary goals the identification and understanding of system-level performance drivers and the mitigation of technical risk, and to provide timely answers to critical issues and questions required by decision authorities through an annual Consolidated Evaluation Report (CER). Recent accomplishments have included the development of the Theater Missile Defense System Exerciser (TMDSE) and the integration of the Patriot, AEGIS, Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTaGS), Shield and Command and Control components into the basic Build 1 architecture. Build 2 TMDSE development will add THAAD and the TPS-59 (HAWK) radar to the Build 1 architecture.

(U) The Test Resources project provides for BMD planning, oversight and coordination of integrated test and evaluation facilities. The project includes inter-element as well as inter-service test and evaluation efforts, and provides infrastructure for common ground test facilities, ranges and instrumentation. Project 3360 funds the common TMD test infrastructure costs including BMDO use. Individual programs pay only the direct costs associated with their specific testing efforts.

(U) The Target Support project provides core funding for targets and services needed to support the testing and evaluation of all Theater Missile Defense (TMD) programs, in particular THAAD, PATRIOT, PAC-3, Navy Area TBMD and Navy Theater -Wide TBMD, USMC Hawk, and the US Air Force Airborne Laser (ABL). This project is a segment of the Consolidated Targets Program (CTP). The CTP mission is to provide threat representative ballistic missile target system support to interceptor and sensor development and acquisition programs. Each target system is tailored and reconfigured to meet unique mission requirements for each test. This project funds the development and demonstration of target systems and Foreign Military Acquisition (FMA) targets to support TMD test and evaluation. The TMD programs fund the actual acquisition of Theater targets development of this program. The Theater High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, Patriot Advanced Capability - 3 (PAC-3) system, Navy Area TBMD (Lower Tier) and Navy Theater-Wide TBMD (Upper Tier) systems require target system support to accomplish their planned test and evaluation. The THAAD program intends to use the HERA target system with planned launches at White Sands, NM and from Wake Island into the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA)/Kwajalein Missile Range (KMR) impact area. Additionally, THAAD testing in the Pacific requires short range (200-600 Km) and long range (1000-2900 Km) target presentations which require development of a long range air launch target system. The PAC-3 program will use STORM and HERA targets launched from White Sands and Wake Island. The Navy will use the air launch target launched at Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) (Barking Sands, Kauai, HI). This project is developing a short range (200-600 Km) air drop ballistic target and a long range (1000-2900 Km) winged air-launched target to satisfy the collective target requirements of THAAD and both Navy programs for multiple simultaneous engagements, multi-axis scenarios, and short range and long-range threat target presentations. The project is also developing reentry vehicles to simulate the full range of threat targets.

User Impact (U):

(U) To be supplied.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Operational.

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U): None.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
Ground-Based Missile DefenseGround Based Missile Defense
JTMDEJoint TMD Program Efforts
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

RDT&E Budget Item Project 3359
This Table Is Unclassified.

Lead Office (U):


Point of Contact (U):

(U) Maj Mike LaPointe, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 325-6422, DSN 221-6422.
(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703)808-6040, DSN 898-6040.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 21 November 1997

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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