By Boyd Collins, CMDS CommunicationsApril 20, 2016
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (April 20, 2016) -- The U.S. Army successfully fired a Tamir missile from its newest launch platform on April 14, 2016. The missile successfully engaged and destroyed an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) target as part of an Engineering Demonstration of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I). The system features a first-of-its-kind Multi-Mission Launcher (MML), which is designed to fire a variety of different interceptor missiles, depending on the threat. The Tamir missile was originally designed as an interceptor for countering rockets, artillery, and mortars (CRAM) and is currently used in Israel's Iron Dome Weapon System. Also fired as part of the ongoing Engineering Demonstration at White Sands Missile Range were the Longbow Hellfire, AIM-9X Sidewinder and Miniature-Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) missiles.
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 (IBCS) 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 (CMDS) Project Office and the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC). 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 (IFPC Inc 2-I), Sentinel Radar, STINGER-based Avenger and Man-portable Air Defense System (MANPADS).
About AMRDEC: AMRDEC develops technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. AMRDEC employs nearly 11,000 civilian scientists, researchers, and engineers.