|"Black Sparrow" Target Missile
Rafael's "Black Sparrow" is an airborne ballistic target missile, selected by the IMDO for the AWS tests. Specially developed as part of the AWS program, it offers flexibility and variety for realistic interception scenarios.
The "Black Sparrow" is a single stage missile, boosted by a solid rocket motor, and is steered by 4 aerodynamic fins located in its rear section.
The trajectory parameters are controllable for each specific flight test.
The "Black Sparrow" also has a warhead section designed for enabling various simulated warhead installations.
The "Black Sparrow" can be launched from any point in the sky using a suitable carrier aircraft (like the F-15), and then perform a predefined ballistic trajectory, simulating an aggressor Theater Ballistic Missile.
The "Black Sparrow" is designed to comply with the most stringent test range safety requirements and is equipped with a fully redundant flight termination system.
In its final phase of development, the "Black Sparrow" performed a series of captive flights on its carrier aircraft followed by a successful free flight test.
Since then, the "Black Sparrow" has participated as the aggressor target in AST#5, AST#6, AST#9 and AST#10 tests.