Updated Tables of Intercept Test (November 30, 2018) (Updated April 4, 2019)

This post updates my tables of intercept test for the GMD, SM-3 and THAAD systems. This updates my post of April 22, 2018, adding two additional tests for the SM-3 Block IB and SM- Block IIA.   See that post for some background information on why I started to compile these tables.  This update also adds a brief description of the cause of each intercept failure. December 11 update adds one SM-3 Block IIA test. April 4 update adds FTG-11 GMD test.



TestingGMDText-November 2018




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  1. Thanks for the tables! Just one question: when you write low endo for that, roughly what altitude do that correspond to?

  2. Endo-atmospheric means within the atmosphere, usually taken to be 100 km and below. In the context of THAAD, low-endo means at or somewhat above THAAD’s minimum intercept altitude. There is no official figure publicly available for this minimum intercept altitude, but it appears to be about 40 km.

  3. Anonymous

     /  January 10, 2019

    hi, can you make patriot pac-3 and mse?

  4. Modu

     /  January 10, 2019

    hi, can you make patriot pac-3 and mse tests summary ?

  5. I don’t currently plan to do a table for PAC-3. The big problem here is that these tests are done by the Army, not the Missile Defense Agency and they get a low less attention. So it would be easy to miss some of the tests. However, if I get some free time, I will at least look into it.

  6. I follow a few people and topics on twitter, but otherwise no.

  7. Modu

     /  January 22, 2019

    What is the ground-based interceptor’s max. range and altitude?

  8. Those are classified, I assume. I have never seen an authoritative figure for either. There are maps of the GBIs coverage on pages 15 and 16 of the 2010 Missile Defense Review, which is here: http://archive.defense.gov/bmdr/docs/BMDR%20as%20of%2026JAN10%200630_for%20web.pdf

  9. Modu

     /  January 29, 2019

    Mr.George can gbı intercept avangard hgv before it seperated icbm in the midcourse?

  10. Very unlikely or impossible. The separation would take place to far away from any GBI deployment locations. In addition, the GBI must be fired towards a well defined intercept point. Such an intercept point cannot be confidently predicted for a HGV because of its trajectory is not known in advance.


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