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Low Cost Cruise Missile Defense

The goal of the Low Cost Cruise Missile Defense (LCCMD) program is to employ emerging and existing technologies to develop and demonstrate an affordable missile interceptor. The LCCMD program is directed at defeating a threat consisting of unsophisticated air vehicles attempting to overwhelm our defensives by attacking in large numbers or by attacking over wide geographic areas. These threat vehicles include cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering conventional, chemical, or biological weapons and conducting jamming or surveillance missions.

The results of DARPA studies concluded that a low cost interceptor leveraging the planned air defense infrastructure offered the greatest promise of lowering cost-per-kill against unsophisticated air vehicles. Based on the results, the LCCMD program has focused on the development of low cost seekers for use on a modified version of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD).

During the course of the program, the low cost seeker concepts will be downselected based on the results of analyses, laboratory tests, ground tests, captive flight tests, and military service interest. A single seeker will be integrated with a modified MALD vehicle for live fire testing and transition to the military services.

The LCCMD program is focused on the development of advanced low cost interceptor seekers. These seekers achieve low cost by eliminating a costly gimbal, using commercial hardware, and matching seeker performance to the threat. The concepts being pursued through FY99 include:

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