WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (March 30, 2016)--- The U.S. Army successfully fired an AIM-9X missile from its newest launch platform on March 29, 2016. The missile successfully engaged an Unmanned Aircraft System target as part of an Engineering Demonstration of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept.
The live fire demonstrated the ability to fire the system's baseline interceptor and engage a target from its new Multi-Mission Launcher. The launcher also successfully fired Stinger and Longbow Hellfire missiles earlier in the demonstration. The system's first-of-its-kind MML is designed to fire a variety of different interceptor missiles, depending on the threat. The AIM-9X missile, although originally designed as an air-to-air missile has recently been adopted to a ground-to-air role due to its unique capabilities. A variety of other missiles will also be tested as part of the ongoing Engineering Demonstration at White Sands Missile Range.
The IFPC Inc 2-I system is a mobile ground-based weapon system designed to defeat unmanned aircraft systems, cruise missiles, and rockets, artillery, and mortars. In addition to the MML, the IFPC Inc 2-I System will use the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System for its command and control, a Sentinel radar, and existing interceptors to provide 360-degree protection with the ability to engage simultaneous threats arriving from different azimuths.
The MML is mounted on a medium tactical vehicle. The launcher can rotate 360 degrees and elevate from 0-90 degrees. It consists of fifteen tubes, each of which can hold either a single large interceptor or multiple smaller interceptors. Developed using an open systems architecture, the launcher will interface to the IBCS Engagement Operations Center to support and coordinate target engagements.
IFPC Inc 2-I is a joint collaborative effort between the Army's Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space's Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office and the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center. The joint CMDS/AMRDEC team brought together more than 150 subject matter experts from across the AMRDEC enterprise with representatives from six directorates and more than 20 functional areas to design, manufacture, procure, assemble, and test the U.S. Army's newest Air Defense launcher. The MML Product Team leveraged more than 85 industry partners to assist in design and manufacturing. AMRDEC will provide additional MMLs through the Engineering and Manufacturing Development acquisition phase, six of which will be assembled by Letterkenny Army Depot. This is the first development of a major acquisition program by the government organic industrial base in more than 30 years.
About PEO Missiles and Space: PEO Missiles and Space provides centralized management for all Army air and missile defense and tactical missile programs as well as selected Army Space programs. The PEO is responsible for the full life-cycle management of assigned programs.
About CMDS: Part of PEO Missiles and Space, the Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office provides support to Soldiers, protecting them from aerial and missile attack, as well as enemy surveillance. CMDS programs include: Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept
Sentinel Radar, STINGER-based Avenger and Man-portable Air Defense System.