midcourse phase

midcourse phase

That portion of the trajectory of a ballistic missile between the boost phase and the reentry phase. See also ballistic trajectory; boost phase; reentry phase; terminal phase.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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BMD systems are designed to intercept these missiles during one of three phases of flight: the boost phase shortly after launch, the longer midcourse phase as the missile travels along its trajectory through space, or the terminal phase of less than a minute when the missile's warhead reenters the atmosphere and accelerates toward its target.
The PAD provides long-range high-altitude ballistic missile interception during an incoming missile's midcourse phase and the AAD offers short-range, low-altitude defence against missiles in the terminal phase of their trajectory.
It is designed to shoot down incoming enemy missiles during their midcourse phase as they fly through space.
The research object of this paper is focused on the typical tactical missile, of which the trajectory consists of three phases, namely, boost phase, midcourse phase, and terminal phase.
bases to intercept and kill the missile or warhead during the midcourse phase of its flight.
Furthermore, the MDA has dedicated nearly all of its recent development to the midcourse phase of flight, where the threat has the greatest freedom to introduce confusion, and has ignored the boost and terminal phases of flight, where the threat remains most identifiable and most vulnerable.
The SM-3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles above the atmosphere, in the midcourse phase of an enemy ballistic missile's flight.
It is designed to intercept and destroy hostile long-range ballistic missiles during their midcourse phase of flight.
These interceptors, and two more at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., would destroy incoming missiles at the "midcourse phase," outside the earth's atmosphere.
Several capabilities for intercepting a ballistic missile or its payload just after launch, or as it flies through its midcourse phase in space, or as it reenters Earth's atmosphere on a terminal trajectory will enhance overall system effectiveness by providing a defense in depth.
DoD's initial plan for a missile defense capability called for up to 20 GBIs capable of intercepting and destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles during the midcourse phase of flight, a period that offers the greatest opportunity for a "hit to kill."
The Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) payload is designed to intercept hostile ballistic-missile targets outside the atmosphere in the midcourse phase of flight.