Huntsville, AL – September 30, 2021 – The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s (USASMDC) Targets Division recently tested the latest in a series of target missiles developed by Teledyne Brown Engineering. The Economical Target (ET-2) missile was launched safely and successfully on August 12, 2021.
ET-2 missiles are one of several affordable targets developed under the Tactical Range Air Defense Missile (TACRAM) program. ET-2 targets are fin-stabilized, single-stage target vehicles that represent a ballistic missile threat. As the prime contractor for TACRAM and ET-2, Teledyne designs and builds these flexible target missiles for testing advanced air and missile defense systems for domestic and international programs.
This latest launch from White Sands Missile Range was a risk reduction flight to prove out the new design that will be used to exercise ballistic missile defense systems. This is the first successful ET-2 flight and the tenth successful launch for the TACRAM family of target missiles.
“This latest addition and test launch for the TACRAM program is proof of a successful partnership between Teledyne Brown Engineering and SMDC,” stated Jan Hess, President of Teledyne Brown Engineering. “We have been able to deliver a flexible, affordable, and effective product solution in a timely and efficient way, enabling our customer to provide our nation more advanced missile defense systems.”
Teledyne Brown Engineering’s TACRAM family of threat realistic products continues to reduce cost and cycle time for ballistic missile testing. The TACRAM family of solutions includes the single-stage four-meter Sabre Zombie, the single-stage six-meter Pathfinder Zombie, the
two-stage six-meter Black Dagger Zombie, and the fin-stabilized ET-2. TACRAM reduces the cost of Army and missile defense programs’ test and evaluation efforts for missile defense assets. Currently, there have been 10 target missiles delivered with ongoing orders being manufactured.
About Teledyne Brown Engineering
Teledyne Brown Engineering is an industry leader in full-spectrum engineering and advanced manufacturing solutions for harsh environments in space, defense, energy, and maritime industries. For over six decades, the company has successfully delivered innovative systems, integration, operations, and technology development worldwide. For more information about Teledyne Brown Engineering visit: www.tbe.com.
About Teledyne Technologies Incorporated
Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace, defense electronics, and engineered systems. Teledyne Technologies’ operations are primarily located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Western and Northern Europe. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies’ website at www.teledyne.com.