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AMaRV
Part of ABRES Family
American Advanced Maneuverable Reentry Vehicle. An ABM-eluding prototype ICBM warhead built by McDonnell-Douglas and flown three times on Minuteman 1 test vehicles in 1979-1981.

Gross mass: 470 kg (1,030 lb). Height: 2.08 m (6.82 ft).

AMaRV's attitude was controlled through a split body flap and two yaw flaps. It used a fully autonomous ring-laser-gyro navigation system designed for evading anti-ballistic missile interception. Not publicly known to have resulted in any production.





1976 September 3 - .
  • McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company was awarded a $52.1 million contract for the development and flight test of two advanced maneuvering reentry vehicles (AMaRV). - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1976 September 9 - .
  • The advanced maneuvering reentry vehicle (AMaRV) development program began. - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1976 December 15 - .
  • The system design review of the advanced maneuvering reentry vehicle (AMaRV) was held successfully. - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1977 Aug - .
  • The Reentry Systems program office held a Preliminary Design Review of the design by Honeywell, Incorporated for the DINS (Dormant Inertial Navigation System). - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1977 Oct - .
  • Work on the SHIP inertial measurement unit for the AMaRV was completed by the Kearfott Division of the Singer Company. The guidance and navigation subsystem was to be flown on the first AMaRV. - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1977 October 28 - .
  • The PDMM (Pulse Doppler-MAP Match) terminal sensor for the AMaRV was flight-tested for the first time on board a C-141 aircraft over Cape Cod. By the end of the year, it had completed five tests. - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1978 Jan - .
  • The Advanced Maneuvering Reentry Vehicle underwent a successful critical design review. - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1978 May - .
  • A successful critical design review was held for the Dormant Inertial Navigation System (DINS). - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV. The DINS, which employed a laser gyro, was intended to function as the navigation subsystem in a manuevering reentry vehicle and was to be flight tested aboard the second Advanced Maneuvering Reentry Vehicle in 1979..

1979 Mar - .
  • A C-141 aircraft completed data collection flights using the Pulse Doppler MAP Match (PDMM) system, a candidate position-fixing system for the AMaRV. - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1979 Jun - .
  • A procurement contract with Goodyear Aerospace Corporation for the Range Only Correlation System (ROCS), a candidate position-fixing system for the AMaRV, was initiated. - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1979 July 5 - .
  • The final physical configuration audit of the Advanced Maneuvering Reentry Vehicle (AMaRV) flight test vehicle was completed preparatory to a flight test scheduled for November 1979. - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: AMaRV.

1979 Sep - .
  • The first Dormant Inertial Navigation System (DINS) flight unit, built by the Avionics Division of Honeywell, Inc. - . Spacecraft Bus: ABRES. Spacecraft: amarv. It was delivered to McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company for installation xn the second scheduled AMaRV flight test vehicle. DINS was a laser-gyro-based strapdown inertial navigation system intended for use on maneuvering reentry vehicles..


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