Aerojet Rocketdyne has announced the successful testing of its advanced eSR-19 solid fuel engine. Fire tests of the power plant came in California at the base of the US Air Force “Edwards” (Edwards).
What is known
eSR-19 will be used in the target missile. It is an improved version of the SR-19 power plant, which is installed in the current generation LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will equip the eSR-19 engine with a medium-range ballistic target missile. It will be used to test US missile defense systems.
Following the successful firing tests, flight tests will take place. They will be conducted by the MDA in conjunction with the US Air Force Research Laboratory. Aerojet Rocketdyne will be able to ship the engine to them later this year.
The final stage of the project is the integration of rocket engines. This procedure will take place at the MDA facility in Orlando, Florida. The ballistic target missile is manufactured by the Rocketdyne division of Coleman Aerospace.
Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne