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L-3 Communications' Coleman Aerospace Launches Hera Target Missile.

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L-3 Communications (NYSE NYSE

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:LLL) announced today that Coleman Aerospace, a business unit of its Coleman Research Corporation (CRC) subsidiary, successfully launched its twenty-first Hera target missile marking its sixth target flight in support of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) program. This Development Test/Operational Test was launched from Ft. Wingate, NM and flew more than 300 kilometers downrange down·range  
adv. & adj.
In a direction away from the launch site and along the flight line of a missile test range: landed a thousand miles downrange; the downrange target area. 
 to White Sands Missile Range White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), formerly known as the White Sands Proving Grounds, is a rocket range in New Mexico operated by the United States Army. The range covers an area of almost 3,200 mi² (8 287 km²), approximately three times the size of Rhode Island, making it  (WSMR). Preliminary analysis of flight data indicates that performance of the target missile was successful.

For this exercise, Coleman Aerospace's modified ballistic reentry vehicle-1 (MBRV-1) -- which is the most sophisticated target of its kind in the industry -- emulated a short-range ballistic missile A ballistic missile with a range capability up to about 600 nautical miles. Also called SRBM.  threat with a separated reentry vehicle. Hera can be configured with a variety of reentry vehicles to match evolving ballistic missile threats. It serves as a target for developmental testing of ballistic missile defense systems, including the Army's PAC-3 and Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) programs, and the Navy's Area Wide theater ballistic missile defense system.

Coleman Aerospace develops and produces Hera targets under the Consolidated Theater Targets Services (CTTS) contract with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) is a specialized major command within the United States Army. The SMDC is an organization composed of five components:
  • SMDC Headquarters and the Force Development Integration Center in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
  • U.S.
 (USASMDC) Ballistic Missile Targets Joint Project Office. This contract is managed by the Ballistic Missile Targets Joint Projects Office, which executes a consolidated targets program for the entire Ballistic Missile Defense Organization Noun 1. Ballistic Missile Defense Organization - an agency in the Department of Defense that is responsible for making ballistic missile defense a reality
 (BMDO), including range coordination and launch support services.

CRC, a subsidiary of L-3 Communications, is the Hera prime contractor. With headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, CRC provides simulation, targets for THAAD and National Missile Defense National Missile Defense (NMD) as a generic term is a military strategy and associated systems to shield an entire country against incoming Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). The missiles could be intercepted by other missiles, or possibly by lasers.  programs, and systems integration, engineering, and analytical services to government and commercial customers in the fields of launch systems, information technology and software engineering.

Headquartered in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
, L-3 Communications is a leading merchant supplier of secure communications systems and products, avionics and ocean products, training products, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and wireless products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, selected US government intelligence agencies, aerospace prime contractors and commercial telecommunications and wireless customers.

To learn more about L-3 Communications please visit the company's Web site at

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