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Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV). (Missile Monitor).

The US Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) announced in December 2001 that it had successfully completed a test involving a planned intercept of an intercontinental-ballistic-missile (ICBM) target. The test successfully demonstrated the Raytheon Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) flight performance and "hit to kill" technology to intercept and destroy a long-range ballistic missile target. In addition to the EKV locating, tracking, and intercepting the target resulting in its destruction using only the body-to-body impact, this test also demonstrated the ability of system elements to work together as an integrated system. The test took place over the central Pacific Ocean. A modified Minuteman ICBM target vehicle was launched from Vandenberg AFB, CA, and a prototype interceptor was launched approximately 20 minutes later and 4,800 miles away from the Ronald Reagan Missile Site on Kwajalein Atoll. The intercept took place approximately 10 minutes after the interceptor was launched, at an altitude in excess of 140 miles above the earth, and during the midcourse phase of the target warhead's flight.

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Title Annotation:Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
Comment:Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV). (Missile Monitor).(Ballistic Missile Defense Organization)
Publication:Journal of Electronic Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2002
Words:167
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