The U.S. Army has fired a Raytheon-built interceptor missile using a new Multi-Mission Launcher platform and mobile ground-based weapon system during a demonstration at Eglin Air Force Base.
The Army said Thursday its Cruise Missile Defense Systems project office and Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center teamed up to develop the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept platform to address potential aerial threats.
The IFPC Inc 2-I system works to defend against unmanned aircraft systems, cruise missiles, rockets, artillery and mortars and consists of the MML mounted on a medium tactical vehicle, the service branch added.
According to the Army, CMDS and AMRDEC worked with industry partners and subject matter experts to develop the MML.
IFPC Inc 2-I also uses a Sentinel radar, the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System and several interceptor missiles to support 360-degree missile defense coverage, the Army said.
The system was tested with Raytheon’s Stinger missile Wednesday and will be tested with other missiles in the following weeks at White Sands Missile Range as part of an IFPC Inc 2-I engineering demonstration.