UPI Intelligence Watch
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USAF gets new eye on the sky
The prototype of a new U.S. Air Force surveillance radar has been
successfully tested by pointing it out of the window of a Los Angeles-area
Northrop Grumman said the prototype of the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program radar it built in conjunction with Raytheon worked well as it monitored a series of passive and active targets from the upper floors of a Raytheon office building near Los Angeles. The device was aimed at a second Raytheon facility about a mile away.
The MP-RTIP is designed to be used by the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned
reconnaissance aircraft and the E-10A command-and-control plane. It is
considered an upgrade of the military’s ability to track low-flying cruise
missiles and vehicles on the ground. Flight-testing of the system will begin
Patriot scores two new hits
Lockheed Martin reported a successful test of its Patriot Advanced
Capability-3 missile last week.
The PAC-3 destroyed a low-flying cruise missile and a tactical ballistic
missile Thursday at White Sands Missile Range in the New Mexico desert in a
simultaneous engagement technically known as a ripple fire.
However, Cruise missiles and TBM rockets represent the entire repertoire of
the Patriot, which lost a good deal of its luster after the first Gulf War
when it was learned that its success rate against Iraqi Scuds was lower than
Lockheed Vice President Steve Graham said the test validated improvements in the PAC-3’s electronics, including the critical Multi-Band Radio Frequency