The evolution of Chinese kinetic kill vehicles
and other ASAT weapons produces the following question: What is China's perceived need for an ASAT weapons program, and what viable means does the United States possess to counter this threat?
China demonstrated a limited capability to use a missile to launch a kinetic kill vehicle
to destroy one of its own satellites in LEO under testing conditions that it controlled.
As an on-site contractor for over ten years at the Air Force's Kinetic Kill Vehicle
Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulator (KHILS) facility at Eglin, CSA has been in the forefront of IR Scene Projector development and testing for state-of-the-art IR systems and seeker hardware.
Created in 1984 as the Strategic Defense Initiative, the United States' ballistic missile defense (BMD) program is attempting to develop a complex system of ground-based interceptor missiles, carrying kinetic kill vehicles
that would destroy enemy ballistic missiles.