The US Army has completed a test run of the newly-developed missile communication technology, remote interceptor guidance (RIG)-360, from aerospace firm Lockheed Martin.

The integrated flight test assessed the data link capabilities of Lockheed’s prototype missile communication device to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missiles.

The RIG-360, designed to leverage target data from different sensors, offers a 360-degree engagement capability for a missile interceptor.

During the test, the prototype device “successfully communicated” with an in-flight PAC-3 missile, intercepting a cruise missile target.

“This successful test confirms our RIG-360 prototype as one of the many ways we continue to deliver technology to ensure our customers stay ahead of the full spectrum of 21st century threats,” Vice President Scott Arnold said.

Northrop Grumman assisted the flight test using its modular and open architecture integrated battle command system (IBCS).

IBCS engaged the target using the RIG-360 as a data link to the Patriot interceptor, removing the Patriot radar’s dependency on the IBCS system to provide a communication link to and from the interceptor.

“IBCS’ ability to integrate with any available networked sensor and effector provides the warfighter flexibility, time and dominance in the battlespace,” Northrop’s Christine Harbison said. 

“With every unique system test, the IBCS architecture has proven that the system is defining the possibilities of providing command and control across domains.”

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