October 1992, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
(SMDC) awarded the Hera Theatre Missile Defense (TMD) contract
to the team of Coleman Aerospace Corporation (prime contractor),
Space Vector Corporation (subcontractor) and Aerotherm Corporation
(subcontractor). The Hera program provided the Army with
a total of twenty-five flight vehicles. A variety of vehicle
configurations provide users such as THAAD and PAC-3 threat like
ballistic missile targets. The Hera target is a two-stage
vehicle consisting of modified second and third stage motors from
the Minuteman II ICBM with an instrumented ballistic reentry vehicle.
At lift-off, Hera weighs just over 25,000 pounds and is 39 feet
long. The target vehicles are launched from White Sands
Missile Range (WSMR) and Fort Wingate, New Mexico.
Vector provided the design, analysis, fabrication, assembly, test
and delivery of 25 flight sets including spares of the four major
modules to CAC for integration into the target vehicle.
engineering services were provided during the development
phase of the program. Each module was outfitted with
electrical and mechanical interfaces. Several of the
modules were designed with an ablative coating to protect
the vehicle from reentry heating. Multiple configurations
of each major module type were designed, built and tested
prior to delivery. In addition, Space Vector provided
ground and launch support equipment, launch support personnel,
program management, systems engineering and Quality Assurance
support to the Hera program.
here for a Hera Targets
Brochure in a .pdf file format.