29 August 2014
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) said it and the US Army have achieved the first intercept of a cruise missile by the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative missile.
An AI3 missile also destroyed an unmanned aerial system. Both intercepts occurred during the recent Black Dart demonstration, a US military exercise held July 29 – August 11.
Fired from the Avenger launcher, AI3 missiles intercepted both targets at low altitude over water and in a high-clutter marine environment capabilities made possible by upgrades to the missile´s semi-active seeker and radar. The ability to defeat UAS and cruise missile threats is the key requirement of the US Army´s Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) Block 1. IFPC is a mobile, ground-based weapon system designed to acquire, track, engage and defeat UAS, cruise missiles, rockets, artillery and mortars.
In 2012-13, Raytheon developed and successfully tested a system, also called AI3, to counter rockets, artillery and mortars (C-RAM). The system included the AI3 missile as its centerpiece, plus fire control radar, command and control node and launcher. In Sept. 2013, the AI3 system destroyed 22 of 24 threats, including 107mm rocket targets at various quadrant elevations, as well as mortars, an unmanned aircraft system and improvised rocket-assisted mortars.
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