Saturday, April 02, 2016

US Army Air Defense Artillery is getting back in the game.

vids via Alert 5

Test of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability, Increment 2 – Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I) at White Sands Missile Range. This test saw the launch of an AIM-9X sidewinder missile against a unmanned aerial system (UAS) representative target using the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System.

Video of the launch of a Longbow Hellfire Missile from the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 – Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I) Multi Mission Launcher (MML). The MML is a truck mounted launch system currently in development and is designed to be capable of loading various interceptors, allowing soldier to select different interceptors for use against different threats.
I am beyond impressed.  This Multi Mission Launcher is about to bring air defense back to the Army's maneuver elements.  But what surprised me is the ability to launch Hellfires.  Didn't see that coming.  That means a surface attack capability.  Is the Army doing a backdoor push to get coastal defense units stood up under the banner of its ADA?

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