Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC – IHS Jane’s Missiles & Rockets
30 March 2016
The US Army has fired an AIM-9X surface-to-air missile from its newest air defence launcher.
“The missile successfully engaged an unmanned aircraft system [UAS] target as part of an engineering demonstration” for the service’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I), the army announced on 30 March.
Army engineers are working to develop the IFPC Inc 2-I as a mobile ground-based defence system to counter UASs, cruise missiles, and rockets, artillery, and mortars (RAM) with a variety of interceptors. The first equipment block will focus on UASs and cruise missile defence, and eventually a second block is planned to develop interceptors, sensors, and technical fire control to support the counter RAM mission.
New air defense system comprising two types of missiles, capable to protecting military forces against cruise missiles and UASs
Theis seeking to field a new air defense system comprising two types of missiles, capable to protecting military forces against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles ( ), Rockets, Artillery and Mortars. The development of the truck mounted system is part of the ‘Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 Intercept ( Inc. 2-I) Program of Record, designed to improve force protection for rapid deployment forces on contingencies beyond 2020.
Multi-Mission Launcher () – The U.S. Army successfully fired three missiles to verify tube integrity and missile stack integration of the Multi-Mission Launcher using a Launch Demonstration Unit. Photo:
The Army has already implemented the multi-mission launcher approach in the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and Avenger mobile air defense system. Once deployed, the new MML is expected complement the Avenger in the air defense units.
Sensors, Command and Control
MML is built on open architecture and will have the capacity to launch a variety of interceptors to provide 360-degree protection against simultaneous threats from rockets, artillery, mortars, precision guided ordnance, cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft systems. IFPS will become part of the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IMAD) Battle Command System (BCS) which also follows open-system architecture. IMAD will be able to allocate target data through the Engagement Operations Cell which links to Sentinel target acquisition radars, acting as the integral fire control sensor for IFPS.
The Improved Sentinel (AN/MPQ-64F1) is a 3D phased array tactical air defense radar developed by ThalesSystems. It automatically detects, tracks, identifies, classifies and reports airborne threats. It detects helicopters, high-speed attack aircraft and cruise missiles over 360°. IFPC Inc. 2-I will fund the software upgrades to support the current Sentinel’s counter and CM mission. @defense-update.com