(U) The Advanced Interceptor Technology (AIT) program develops, integrates and demonstrates the critical technologies for performing hypersonic hit-to-kill intercepts of theater ballistic missiles (TBMs) within the atmosphere. The demonstrations will validate the solution to the critical kinetic kill vehicle (KKV) technologies and will provide: (1) new capabilities with reduced costs/risks compared to current interceptor weapons systems, and enhancements to other interceptors under development; (2) reduction of technical risks and costs in support acquisition programs through direct technology insertions; and (3) technical solutions to provide contingent residual intercept capabilities for theater defense. The program uses existing contracts and technologies currently under development to reduce schedule and cost, and will be planned and conducted with BMDO, Air Force, Navy, and Army elements to make maximum use of existing Service infrastructures. The AIT project will participate in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Boost Phase Intercept (UAV/BPI) Studies and the Navy Theater Wide requirements studies.
|BMDO Technology Thrusts||BMDO Technology Thrusts|
|TECHNOLOGY- RDT&E||SPACE TECHNOLOGY|
(U) 21 November 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 18 June 2001