WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 12 (UPI) — U.S. academic researchers say they are working with the U.S. Defense Department on software meant to improve missile defense during an enemy attack.
Scientists at Purdue University say the work is meant to manage the large volume of incoming data during an enemy attack for better battle management and command and control of the missile defense system, a university release said Tuesday.
“New software algorithms are needed to determine if it’s a missile and what type, then engage our missile defense system to bring it down,” Saurabh Bagchi of Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering said.
The project will create software that will analyze data from radar, satellites, reconnaissance aircraft and ships and compare it to aerospace modeling of the flight characteristics of enemy missiles and interceptors, researchers say.
The Purdue research is being funded by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency with $4.8 million for the three-year project.
“The key aspect we’re reaching out to universities on is how to handle larger ballistic missile attacks, which we refer to as raid events,” Lt. Col. Reid Vander Schaaf, program manager, said.
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