WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (December 7, 2023) – The U.S. Army completed a live-fire engagement using the advanced, Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, known as LTAMDS. This milestone is the latest event in a series of ongoing developmental tests for the radar.
The test consisted of a threat system surrogate emulating a Tactical Ballistic Missile target flying a representative trajectory. The Army Integrated Battle Command System successfully commanded a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Cost Reduction Initiative interceptor to fire and engage the target. Interceptor acquisition and uplink/downlink communications for the PAC-3 CRI was successfully performed throughout its trajectory supporting an intercept of the TBM target. System Performance was nominal and mission analysis is ongoing.
LTAMDS testing will continue in 2024, including robust environmental and mobility qualification, and expanded system of systems testing.