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Aerial Target Scoring

Comprehensive capability

Cambridge Consultants’ missile scoring systems provide a comprehensive capability for full-scale and subscale target drones, tow targets and missile targets. ARMS-300 provides unsurpassed performance on larger targets, proven in many years of service on test ranges around the world. SMART-400 and STAR-500 provide the same levels of performance on smaller targets, where size and cost are important but high reliability and accuracy are expected. Our scoring systems achieve higher levels of capability that traditional scalar Miss-Distance Indicator (MDI) systems.

Pinpoint accuracy

Based on impulse radar our systems achieve best accuracy over a range of up to 37m (120 feet). Impulse radar measures absolute distance, through a range gating technique, which also leads to excellent performance with direct hits, warhead shots, low-level flight (proven down to 3m) and highly curved trajectories.

Unique capability

The absolute range measurement provides a unique capability to operate at very low approach speeds, enabling the system to be comprehensively tested on the ground under very controlled conditions.

Accuracy specifications, including miss-distance, trajectory and missile attitude, are therefore based on extensive qualification data, captured through hundreds of independently instrumented test engagements on a range of aerial targets and with representative missiles. This data also acts as training material for our customers’ operators.


Our systems are in use and trusted by the UK MoD, US Navy, Royal Australian Navy, French DGA and the Italian MoD, through contractors such as QinetiQ, BAE Flight Systems and Selex Galileo. ARMS users include the following missile programmes: AIM-9, AIM-9X, AMRAAM, ASRAAM, BVRAAM, ASTER SAMP-T, MICA and IRIS-T.

Cambridge Consultants provide a complete scoring service, from system definition, installation design and qualification, through to training and in-service support. System definition and qualification includes installation design for the target and test range, then qualification testing on the ground and test flights to verify in-flight performance and telemetry coverage.