After receiving tracking and targeting data from Raytheon Technologies' sea-based X-band radar and land-based AN/TPY-2 radar, the EKV identified the target, discriminated between the target and countermeasures, maneuvered into the target's path and destroyed it using "hit-to-kill" technology. Both radars play critical roles in supporting the GMD system.
The AN/TPY-2 is a missile-defense radar that can detect, classify and track ballistic missiles. It operates in the X band of the electromagnetic spectrum. For this test, the AN/TPY-2 operated in a forward-based mode used to detect ballistic missiles as they rise, versus a terminal mode that can guide interceptors toward a descending warhead.
“In these tests, we see the entire ballistic missile defense system at work. The sensors bring the ability to identify, track and discriminate threats early in the engagement,” said Bryan Rosselli, a missile defense director at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies. “The precision a kill vehicle intercept requires begins with the critical targeting data.”
The test marked Raytheon Technologies’ second intercept of an ICBM target. The company’s kill vehicles have a record of more than 40 successful space intercepts.