Engineering Newswire: Hit-to-Kill Tech Stops Bullet With Bullet

This Engineering Newswire looks at testing out Lockheed’s Hit-to-Kill technology and trying on Ford’s “Drug Drive Suit.”

Stop a Bullet, With a Bullet

It's like stopping a bullet, with a bullet. That's how Lockheed Martin describes its Hit-to-Kill technology, a form of missile defense that uses an interceptor that is able, agile, and accurate enough to seek out and destroy incoming threats.

Last Thursday, Lockheed headed out to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for a U.S. Army-led missile defense flight test for its PAC-3 interceptor missile.

The flight test was a success as the PAC-3 interceptor successfully detected, tracked, and intercepted a Patriot-as-a-Target, which is a legacy Patriot missile modified to represent a tactical ballistic missile common in today’s operational environment.

Suit Simulates Drugged Driving

As part of the Ford Driving Skills for Life program, Ford has developed the “Drug Drive Suit,” which simulates the effects of driving while on drugs.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18% of all motor vehicle deaths involve drugs other than alcohol. The goal of the suit is to educate young drivers about this potential danger.

Developed in collaboration with scientists from the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany, the suit features vision impairment goggles that produce tunnel vision, headphones that play random sounds to confuse and distract and a hand tremor generator.