Even if you don’t work in the defense industry, you’ve likely heard of the Hellfire missile, as it was the first weapon deployed during Desert Shield/Desert Storm operations when it was launched from an Apache helicopter in 1991.
The Hellfire has served the military well for many years, but a new missile will soon enter the force. The Joint Air to Ground Missile is in the engineering and development phase. Redstone Test Center is supporting local project managers with technical and engineering testing expertise and capabilities.
“As a part of Team Redstone, RTC is proud to play a role in the development, testing and delivery of new capabilities in support of the American warfighter,” Redstone Test Center Commander Col. Patrick Mason said.
Guidance-Section Testing, which includes captive flight testing, tower testing and environmental testing, has been completed. With safety-of-flight, environmental testing at the “all up round” level now complete, the center is gearing up for the Product Qualification Test.
In addition to the PQT, both the Gray Eagle, an unmanned aircraft system, and the Apache helicopter will be used to conduct the missile’s flight testing.