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Missile airframe simulation testbed: MANPADS (MAST-M) for test and evaluation of aircraft survivability equipment
Author(s): Jim Clements; Richard Robinson; Leslie Bunt; Joe Robinson
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Paper Abstract

A number of techniques have been utilized to evaluate the performance of Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) against threat Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS). These techniques include flying actual threat MANPADS against stationary ASE with simulated aircraft signatures, testing installed ASE systems against simulated threat signatures, and laboratory hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) testing with simulated aircraft and simulated missile signatures. All of these tests lack the realism of evaluating installed ASE against in-flight MANPADS on a terminal homing intercept path toward the actual ASE equipped aircraft. This limitation is due primarily to the current inability to perform non-destructive MANPADS/Aircraft flight testing. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research and Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is working to overcome this limitation with the development of a recoverable surrogate MANPADS missile system capable of engaging aircraft equipped with ASE while guaranteeing collision avoidance with the test aircraft. Under its Missile Airframe Simulation Testbed - MANPADS (MAST-M) program, the AMRDEC is developing a surrogate missile system which will utilize actual threat MANPADS seeker/guidance sections to control the flight of a surrogate missile which will perform a collision avoidance and recovery maneuver prior to intercept to insure non-destructive test and evaluation of the ASE and reuse of the MANPADS seeker/guidance section. The remainder of this paper provides an overview of this development program and intended use.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8015, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop XVI, 80150A (13 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884656
Show Author Affiliations
Jim Clements, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (United States)
Richard Robinson, The AEgis Technologies Group, Inc. (United States)
Leslie Bunt, The AEgis Technologies Group, Inc. (United States)
Joe Robinson, Missile Design (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8015:
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop XVI
Scott B. Mobley, Editor(s)

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