US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Militaryleak website April 2, 2020 news, according to the US Army Missile and Space Project Executive Office, the project manager in charge of the cruise missile defense system, Colonel Chuck Worsham, the US Army will complete its temporary maneuver in June The development and testing of the air defense system (IM-SHORAD) paved the way for operational testing in the fall.
The US Army IM-SHORAD system is based on the “Stricker” tank site and selected a mission equipment kit designed by Leonardo DRS, which includes the launch of Raytheon’s “Sting” vehicle air defense missile Device.
Since 2016, the US Army has discovered that it lacks low-altitude air defense capabilities on the European battlefield and decided to develop IM-SHORAD air defense capabilities. In February 2018, the US Army began accepting bids for the construction of the IM-SHORAD system.
The acquisition went through a screening process, including a shooting competition at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to determine the best integrated supplier for the production of 9 prototype vehicles. In a recent interview, Wohim told the National Defense News website that development testing included only five prototype vehicles, which were subjected to various tests and safety certification procedures at different locations.
One of the prototypes was tested for weapons safety at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The other two prototypes were tested for vehicle and road safety and some weapons safety tests at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The fourth prototype was tested at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama for network and electromagnetic spectrum testing.
The fifth prototype vehicle is still undergoing logistics vehicle management testing and technical verification. The vehicle is from General Dynamics Ground Systems, the manufacturer of the “Stricker” armored vehicle as the chassis. Woheem added that the development and testing of the IM-SHORAD system will end in June this year.
Woheem pointed out, “Through the test, we have learned something. This is the purpose of the test. As we conduct more operational tests, we are considering where to take some corrective measures.”
Although he did not elaborate on the details of the corrective measures, Woheem emphasized that these measures are not improvements, but “problems that can be overcome in the short term” and “expected problems that do not require re-planning.” He said that in view of the plan’s rapid acquisition timetable, it is expected that unnecessary corrective actions will be required.
Wohim said that the IM-SHORAD system is expected to begin operational testing this fall and is expected to be in September, which will last approximately two months. If everything goes well, additional vehicles will be purchased.
If the solution meets the requirements of the US military, the US military will purchase 144 systems to equip 4 air defense battalions according to the funding situation, and the corresponding production work will also move forward.
Woheme explained that although the initial plan was to deploy the IM-SHORAD system to Europe, there were multiple options for where to send vehicles or capabilities. At present, the US military is reassessing where these vehicles are most needed.
The US Army intends to use the IM-SHORAD system as part of a layered air defense and missile defense system, while providing indirect fire protection. The system can defend against rockets, artillery, mortars, unmanned aircraft systems and cruise missiles. Other defense systems at this level include systems designed to defend against the threat of regional ballistic missiles, such as the “Patriot” air defense missile and the Terminal High Area Defense System (THAAD).
With Iran’s recent frequent attacks on US facilities in Iraq, some people also hope to deploy the IM-SHORAD system in the area.
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