Maritime Theater Missile Defense At-Sea Demonstration 2015

Challenge

Imagine the real-world difficulty of stopping numerous hostile missiles in flight. Now imagine that missile is traversing through the airspace of several countries and over sea, and your tracking and intercept plan relies on the accurate and timely sharing of information among nine nations and diverse platforms scattered over 5.7 million square miles.

Solution

The Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) event, conducted in conjunction with the European Theater Joint Warrior event, offered MTMD Forum navies an opportunity to gather at the Hebrides Range in Scotland and train on missile defense, as well as collect significant data on interoperability capabilities among participants.

Engility directly supported the U.S. Navy, both stateside and on the range in Scotland, for the extensive planning and coordination required for the execution of ASD 15. Our team provided test and evaluation project management support to the MTMD Forum, including scheduling, resource management, financial coordination, drafting test planning documentation, validating range safety traces, recording lessons learned, ensuring test activity was within parameters, i.e., quality assurance, and recording interoperability test observations. Engility also built custom 3-D analysis and display animations for the live-fire scenarios. When the scope for ASD 15 changed just a few months before the event, Engility handled coordination for more than 20 different field activities and organizations supporting the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency that needed additional funds to account for the increase in project scope.

Benefits/Achievements

Participants in ASD 15 tracked and destroyed over 15 separate targets during the live-fire phase of events, proving a joint capability to protect Europe from missile attack. This was the first time the United Kingdom launched a space vehicle from U.K. soil (using 100 km as the threshold). This exercise also marked several firsts in Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD). Participating Navies will receive assessments on their performance during the exercise and be able to incorporate those lessons into a multinational missile defense capability.