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update on national missile defense interceptor test

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  • Brooks Isoldi
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    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 9, 2000
      = N E W S R E L E A S E
      =
      = OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
      = (PUBLIC AFFAIRS)
      = WASHINGTON, D.C. 20301
      =
      = PLEASE NOTE DATE
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      No. 393-00
      (703)697-5131(media)
      IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      July 8, 2000
      (703)697-5737(public/industry)
      UPDATE ON NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE INTERCEPT TEST
      The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) National Missile Defense
      (NMD) Joint Program Office announced today that preliminary analysis from
      the planned intercept of a ballistic missile target early this morning over
      the central Pacific Ocean concluded that no separation occurred between the
      Payload Launch Vehicle (PLV) booster rocket, and the Exoatmospheric Kill
      Vehicle (EKV). Reports from program officials indicate that while the first
      and second stages of the booster separated successfully, the PLV started to
      tumble slowly after it made an energy management maneuver designed to keep
      it safely within the confines of the missile test range. The second anomaly
      was that the EKV never received a message from the PLV indicating that the
      second stage rocket motor had completed its propellant burn. Receipt of
      this signal is required for the EKV to separate and perform its intercept
      function. Initial cooldown of the EKV's infrared sensors and all other
      functions of the!
      EKV were performing as designed up to the point where separation was to
      occur.
      All other elements, including the sensors, the in-flight interceptor
      communications system (IFICS) and the battle management, command and control
      and communication systems performed as expected. Preliminary indications
      are that the prototype X-band radar at Kwajalein Atoll performed well and
      discriminated the mock warhead from all other objects, including the debris
      from an improperly inflated decoy balloon.
      Government and industry program officials will conduct a thorough review of
      the test data to determine the reason for the anomalies and any other test
      objectives that were or were not met. It will be at least several days
      until this review is completed.
      The flight test began with the launch of a modified Minuteman
      intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a target warhead from
      Vandenberg AFB, Calif., at 12:19 a.m. EDT, and the PLV with the EKV on board
      was launched approximately 20 minutes later about 4,300 miles away from
      Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
      Additional information about the overall NMD program can be obtained by
      accessing the BMDO website at
      http://www.acq.osd.mil/bmdo/bmdolink/html/bmdolink.html

      Brooks Isoldi
      Intelligence Analyst - NightFall Security Group
      http://www.nfsg.org
      1 (877) 863-8300 ext.438 - voicemail/fax

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