New Telemetry System Improves Missile Test Evaluation


A new GPS-enabled telemetry system developed by the government team in U.S. Navy Weapons Test Center at China Lake enables highly-accurate, high-rate, three dimensional time, space and position information to be collected during missile fly-out. The AN/DKT-89-3 Airborne Telemetry Equipment provides real-time and post-flight data at very high precision, a significant improvement over existing methods that are difficult to estimate how close the missile passed by the target. The new system, designed and built by the government team in China Lake, allows engineers to better quantify missile characteristics and endgame performance against the target. The new system was recently used to monitor developmental testing of the Raytheon AIM-9X Block II air/air missiles.