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Test objectives included demonstrating the GMLRS Unitary rocket's warhead Proximity Sensor, which gives the rocket the capability to detonate at a predetermined distance above ground for improved effectiveness against soft targets.
When the round is nine feet in front of the target, a radio signal is automatically transmitted from the launcher to detonate the ballistic.
As the round flies down range to the target, it precisely measures the distance traveled and detonates at exactly the right moment to deliver maximum effectiveness.
An initial explosion was designed to draw in people, especially security and medical workers rushing to the scene, before a second larger bomb detonates to maximise casualties.
1 -- color) Traffic backs up for 40 minutes on Tuesday while a Sheriff's Department squad detonates a pipe bomb found beside the Antelope Valley Freeway.