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23 April 2010Non-destructive missile seeker flight testing: HWIL in the sky
Surface to air missile development programs typically utilize hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) simulations when
available to provide a non-destructive high volume test environment for what are typically very expensive guidance
sections. The HWIL, while invaluable, hasn't been able to obviate the need for missile flight tests. Because
of the great expense of these missiles the designers are only allowed to perform a fraction of the desired tests.
Missile Airframe Simulation Testbed (MAST) is a program conceived by US Army Aviation and Missile Research
Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) that blends the non-destructive nature of HWIL with
the confidence gained from flight tests to expand the knowledge gained while reducing the development schedule
of new missile programs.
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Jim Clements, Joe Robinson, Richard M. Robinson, "Non-destructive missile seeker flight testing: HWIL in the sky," Proc. SPIE 7663, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XV, 76630E (23 April 2010);