The MEADS is a next generation, ground mobile Air and Missile Defense system made of 360-degree MEADS Surveillance Radar, a networked MEADS battle manager, two lightweight launchers firing PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missiles and a 360-degree MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR)
The MEADS battery hit and destroyed two simultaneous targets (QF-4 drone and MGM-52 lance missile) attacking from opposite directions during the test.
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Actually, MEADS intercepted one QF-4 and one Lance missile.
1:06 – The very last moments of that aircraft. Imagine the countless maintenance hours put in by countless people, the end result being that aircraft being on that mission that day.