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Target Systems :: GQM-163A

General Description
The Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST) System is a non-recoverable, supersonic aerial target, capable of speeds of Mach 2 or greater and can be used as sea skimming target with terminal altitudes from 13.0 to 66.0 feet (absolute) or as a diving target with a maximum altitude of 52,000 feet and diving angles between 15 and 55 degrees. The SSST System is capable of meeting the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM) threat simulation requirements for Test and Evaluation (T&E) of weapon systems. The SSST System air vehicle is ground launched. The SSST System air vehicle is capable of operation with current augmentation, scoring and range hardware.

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Primary Function The SSST is used to simulate ASCM in the low supersonic performance regime. The SSST is used primarily for special Test and Evaluation requirements.

  • Diameter

  • 13.8 inches
    Weight 1668 - 1740 lbs

    Payload Capable of carrying TA/AS
    Launch Platform Ground
    Recovery N/A
    Sea-Skimming Missions: Cruise - Mach 2.6 @ 50.0 ft (absolute)/Terminal - Mach 2.6 @ 13.0 ft (absolute) Diver Missions: Cruise - Mach 3.8 @ 52,000 ft/Terminal - Mach 0.7 - 3.0 @1000 ft.
    Range Sea-Skimming Missions: Cruise 35 nmi/Terminal 10 nmi - Total 45 nmi, Diver Missions: 119 nmi.
    Endpoint Accuracy +/- 100 ft
    Maneuvers Lateral: 12.0 g, Vertical: 5.0 g
    Propulsion Solid fuel rocket
    Operating Sites PMRF, NAWCWD (Pt Mugu), WSMR
    Location and ID AN/DPN-90 (V) 1 (V)1, Radar Tracking Transponder
    Scoring AN/DSQ-50A Scalar Scorer
    Emitter AN/DPT-2B
    Points of Contact IPT Leader  PEO(U&W) PMA-2081
    (301) 757-6742

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