Lockheed Martin announced today that its team successfully conducted a free-flight hover test of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Multiple Kill Vehicle-L. Conducted Dec. 2 at the National Hover Test Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., the test met all objectives.
During an engagement with the enemy, the MKV-L with its cargo of kill vehicles will maneuver into the threat complex to intercept all lethal targets, along with any countermeasures the enemy may deploy in an attempt to trick the system. With tracking data from the Ballistic Missile Defense System and its own seeker, the MKV-L will dispense and guide the kill vehicles to destroy multiple targets.
(Official Lockheed press release, via The Future Is Awesome, who headlines this with “Hover Bot Scares You to Death and Then Kills You”)
Please, describe your flying robot with more uses of the phrase “kill vehicle.” It totally helps make this seem like a “defensive” technology and not like an agent of SkyNet. It’s called the T08, people!