Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) successfully launched a Patriot Target Vehicle (PTV) for the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), the company said.
Orbital ATK´s PTV served as an intercept target for the US Army Lower Tier Project Office (LTPO) Patriot missile defense system. The PTV was launched on December 10, 2015 from Fort Wingate into the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico. It flew a southerly trajectory over WSMR and was intercepted by the Patriot Advance Capability-3(PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor system during reentry.
Orbital ATK has been supporting the Air Force with ballistic target systems for more than 20 years. The development of the first PTV target vehicle took just over two-and-a-half years and relied heavily on flight-proven designs from other Orbital ATK launch vehicles, such as the Medium Range Target, Storm target and PegasusÂ® space launch vehicle.
Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the US and in several international locations.