Although White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is the nation's principal location for missile testing, WSMR missile testing capabilities support a wide range of weapons. WSMR's vast land, space, predesignated weapons impact testing areas, and control of the DoD airspace throughout the Range provide maximum flexibility in terms of schedule and system cost.
White Sands Missile Range is the center for excellence for Directed Energy (DE) with five major DE test areas. The two primary DE testing areas are High Powered Microwave and Laser.
High Powered Microwave Directed Energy
White Sands Missile Range's High Powered Microwave (HPM) capability produces flexible emission to simulate HPM sources in several frequency bands.
Ultra-Wideband: Ultra-Wideband is available in one large system level test facility that can provide 35kV/m @ 50 meters across a tank size system. The frequency coverage is 670-4300 MHz.
Sensor Suite Instrumentation (SS)
The HPM also utilizes support from Sensor Suite Instrumentation (SS). The SS capability measures HPM field strengths and intensities in the vicinity of a ground target during an HPM test. This allows the characterization of the electromagnetic field spatially and temporally. SS supports simultaneous acquisition of up to thirty field sensors for real-time measurements, as well as up to ten autonomous sensors, which provide non-real-time measurements at remote testing areas. The SS software system automatically removes instrumentation effects and converts the data into formats suitable for user interpretation. SS supports several operational scenarios including effects and vulnerability testing, HPM source characterization, HPM chamber and open air test, safety assessments, and classified test operations.
Laser Directed Energy
The Pulsed Laser Vulnerability Test System (PLVTS) is the largest pulsed CO2 laser in the U.S. It is designed to support susceptibility and vulnerability testing of electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) tactical weapons systems. Fully transportable and self-contained, PLVTS is capable of providing tactical threat environments at virtually any test range in the world.
Since the opening of the Range in 1945, White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has preformed various tests on the effects, in flight behavior, and durability of missiles and rockets. Uniquely within the DoD, White Sands Missile Range controls a vast airspace across the range and beyond and maintains multiple impact sites making it ideal for testing.
List of Services and Facilities:
White Sands Missile Range's extensive size, numerous impact areas, and variety of targets allow for the testing of long ranged artillery, Naval guns, and mortars.
Our list of Services and Facilities for artillery, gun, and mortar testing includes but is not limited to:
White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is the largest overland test range in the country. WSMR features numerous unique impact areas and targets for various types of explosive testing.
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