The Marine Corps’ Medium-Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) prototype successfully hit several simultaneously-launched cruise missile representative targets from different directions and in different trajectories during the live-fire test. US Marine Corps successfully tests Iron-Dome based Air Defense Prototype
The Marine Corps’ Medium-Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) prototype successfully hit several simultaneously-launched cruise missile representative targets from different directions and in different trajectories during the live-fire test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
The MRIC prototype utilizes the USMC Gator radar and the CAC2S battle management system along with Iron Dome Tamir Interceptor and launcher to create an air defense system tailored to existing USMC assets and expeditionary requirements.
Head of the IMDO in the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Moshe Patel: “This test has proven the Iron Dome Tamir Interceptor and associated ground components can be integrated quickly and efficiently in any relevant defense architecture and intercept various aerial threats successfully in complex and advanced scenarios. We look forward to further partnerships with the US Armed Forces on Air and Missile Defense.”
“This demonstration proves that we do now have a relevant capability,” said Don Kelley, program manager for GBAD at PEO Land Systems, immediately following the successful test.
Brigadier General (Res.) Pinhas Yungman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the RAFAEL Air & Missile Defense Division: “Once again, RAFAEL’s systems have proven that they are capable of seamless, optimized integration with other defense systems. The Marines live-fire test demonstrated a successful combination of a Iron Dome ground launcher, Tamir interceptor with the Marines’ radar system and battle management system. This is an important and significant message for RAFAEL, for the Marines and the other customers in the United States and in the international market.”
The Tamir interceptor is a proven missile capable of intercepting Cruise Missiles, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Rockets, Artillery, and Mortar threats. It is developed by Rafael, who were contracted for the engineering and adaptation of Iron Dome to USMC requirements and associated testing support.
The Ministry of Defense’s Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development leads the development of the State of Israel’s multi-tiered missile and air defense array, based on four operational defense layers: Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow 2 and Arrow 3.
Source: Israel MoD