February 15, 2012 By SMDC Public Affairs
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command successfully completed a test flight of the new Economical Target-1, Feb. 15 at Eglin Air Force Base.
The Economical Target-1, or ET-1, missile was launched from the Santa Rosa Test Site with the support of the 46th Test Wing on Eglin Air Force Base into the ocean area within the test range. The target missile's flight was successfully tracked by several range sensors and preliminary indications are that all data collection objectives were met.
The Economical Tactical Ballistic Missile was successfully launched Feb. 15, off the 25K Transportable Target Launcher from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. This launch demonstrated the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's capability to provide low-cost targets to a variety of customers. Total flight time was approximately four minutes.
"The Army and Department of Defense require threat-representative targets in testing," said Bryon Manley, SMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center flight test services chief. "The ET-1 provides a cost effective, rail-launched, theater-class tactical ballistic missile target, and the ET-1 is a new low-cost short range ballistic missile designed to supplement aging flight test inventories."