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Date posted: 23/05/2010

A new on-board missile health-monitoring device is providing troops in the Middle East an added measure of assurance that the Army's Hellfire II missiles will perform without failure. This marks the Army's first-ever deployment of missiles that features a device to constantly monitor the weapon's battlefield readiness.

The new capability, referred to as the Captive Carry Health Monitoring device, was developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., under a project led by COL Michael Cavalier, Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office in Huntsville, Ala.

The Hellfire II missiles, equipped with this advanced data-gathering system, have made their way to Iraq and Afghanistan bases for front-line deployment and use on Apache helicopters. The system recently won the Army's 2009 Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Continuous Process Improvement Award.

"Missiles featuring this monitoring device are able to maintain a detailed account of important conditions that can negatively affect a weapon's reliability," said Kurt Silvers, Project Manager at PNNL. "Conditions like temperature, vibration, humidity and shock are considered 'health factors', which can degrade a missile's readiness." The system instills confidence in soldiers who rely and depend on the weapons to perform without fail at all times, according to Silvers.

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