Business

June 21, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 Block IIA TDACS completes full system hot fire testing

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has completed its first Block IIA Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System fully-integrated flight weight system hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA program.

The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon Missile Systems.

This first of several SM-3 Block IIA TDACS development and qualification units was altitude tested at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Sacramento, Calif., headquarters. The unit was exposed to representative thermal and mechanical environmental extremes prior to the hot fire test. The success of this test validates that Aerojet Rocketdyne’s unique throttling solid propulsion technology can be successfully scaled up in size and operate in all expected environments.

“The SM-3 IIA TDACS builds on the successful design and lessons learned of the SM-3 IB TDACS,” said Michael Bright, vice president of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Missile Defense and Strategic Systems Business Unit. “Because of the SM-3 IB experience, we have a more efficient design process and improved testing efficiency, and will be able to move into production faster. Reaching this test milestone on schedule is an important validation of our approach.”

“This successful test reflects the significant engineering discipline and technical excellence used to develop Aerojet Rocketdyne’s TDACS products,” said Marvin Young, vice president of Engineering.

The SM-3 Block IIA TDACS is being developed at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Sacramento facility, where the SM-3 Block IB TDACS also is produced.

SM-3 Block IIA, developed as an SM-3 Cooperative Development Program with Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD), as part of MDA’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Phased Adaptive Approach, uses hit-to-kill technology to destroy targets, and is designed to engage threat ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere during the mid-course phase of an incoming missile.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines May 29, 2015

News: U.S. Army chief opens door to embedding U.S. troops with Iraqi forcesĀ - After the fall of Ramadi, the Iraqi Security Forces need military and political leadership, Gen. Raymond Odierno says.   Business: No acquisition strategy yet for LCS frigatesĀ - Details of the new Littoral Combat Ship frigate program’s acquisition strategy are still being reviewed,...
 
 

News Briefs May 29, 2015

Finnish navy: Underwater intruder possible foreign submarine Finnish military officials say that an underwater object the navy chased last month in territorial waters and dropped several depth charges could have been a foreign submarine. A navy investigation released May 28 says that technical analysis did not provide sufficient proof of the presence of a submarine...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Chad Bellay

F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Kyla Gifford Three F-16s assigned to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, on a refueling mission last year. Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently returned from a &#...
 

 
Navy photograph

Its reign in the fleet over, naval Sea King helicopter now rests at Pax Museum

Navy photograph At more than 54 feet in length with a 62-foot rotor diameter, the mighty SH-3A Sea King helicopter sits in its final spot at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Designed as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter,...
 
 
boeing-korea

New Boeing Avionics Facility to enhance ROKAF readiness, affordability

Boeing formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone May 28. The 10,000 square-foot facility will test and repair aircraft electrical syst...
 
 
Navy photograph by John F. Williams

ONR testing high-speed planing hulls

Navy photograph by John F. Williams A ship hull model attached to a high-speed sled moves through waves at the David Taylor Model Basin at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, during Office of Naval Research -sponsored rese...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>