Miniaturized, low weight, low cost interceptor components for the Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV)
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AbstractAero Thermo Technology, Inc., and our partner ITT, propose a focused research effort to address key lethality aspects for miniaturized, low weight kill vehicles in support of the Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV) Program. Lethality is a critical issue for BMD concepts that employ small, low mass kill vehicles. Kill Vehicle (KV) concepts and designs are being developed by MKV that have significantly less mass than currently deployed or tested designs. Kill vehicles with mass as low as two kilograms have been proposed. These KVs employ ultra-lightweight components and lower density component housing and structural members. However, the destructive potential of these small KVs has not been demonstrated. A research effort is needed that considers the expected engagement conditions, the KV component materials, the overall packaging and the KV structural arrangement to assess the lethality potential of these miniature KVs. We propose to address this need through parametric analysis using state of the art computer simulations and detailed structural FEA models of small, low mass, kill vehicles and the threat warheads. The results of this effort will provide MDA/MKV program officials with quantative lethality assessments and lethality requirements for miniature KVs. Products of the Phase I effort will include lethality assessments, miss distance requirements, and recommendations for KV structural layout and component materials that will enhance lethality. The results of this effort will also be useful as a guide for future KV miniaturization programs
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