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    Enduring Shield - Indirect Fire ProtectionDynetics detailed its proposal for the Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) program, offering the new Enduring Shield system. Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, has unveiled Enduring Shield, a mobile ground-based weapon system designed to acquire, track, engage and defeat unmanned aircraft systems, cruise missiles, and rockets, artillery and mortars.

    Derived from Dynetics technology and modified around previous Army science and technology programs, the Enduring Shield solution has been bid to meet the Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 program needs. In creating Enduring Shield, Dynetics redesigned the launcher, created cost efficiencies, reduced complexity and refined capabilities.

    Enduring Shield is capable of firing a range of missiles while, providing current and future growth capabilities. The system offers a 360-degree envelope with the ability to engage multiple targets simultaneously. It can be fully integrated with the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, and offers both cyber resiliency and electronic warfare protections.

    "The Enduring Shield solution leverages Dynetics' experience with ground-based launcher systems for the Army, including hypersonic missiles and other programs. We are eager to offer this all American solution to the Army's cruise missile and other air defense needs," said Ronnie Chronister, senior vice president for Weapons Technology and Manufacturing at Dynetics. The manufacturing of components, performance of initial assembly and system integration will be conducted in Huntsville, Alabama. Final assembly and system integration will be performed in Lawton, Oklahoma.

    Multi-Mission Launcher [MML]Enduring Shield uses a launcher based on the Multi-Mission Launcher [MML]. AMRDEC brought together a team of more than 150 subject matter experts from across the AMRDEC enterprise with representatives from five directorates and more than 20 functional areas to design, manufacture, procure, assemble, and test the U.S. Armys newest Air Defense launcher. TheMML Product Team leveraged more than 85 industry partners to assist in design and manufacturing.

    The MML program is part of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept U.S. Army program. 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 as the command and control unit, Sentinel radar system, and existing interceptors to provide 360-degree protection with the ability to engage simultaneous threats arriving from different azimuths.

    The Sentinel-3D radar X-band is developed on the basis of the AN/TPQ-36A Firefinder artillery reconnaissance radar and has enhanced energy characteristics, which allows detecting small artillery shells at ranges of up to 15-18 km, accompanying them on the passage, as well as issuing target designation for available intercepting means. The presence of passive phased array antenna provides escorting of up to 60 air targets. The instrumental range is about 75 km, target detection range with 2m2 EPR - up to 50 km, cruise missile up to 30 km.

    The MML is equipped with the following types of missile ammunition:

    • AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire
    • AIM-9X Sidewinder
    • FIM-92 Stinger
    • Miniature Hit-to-Kill (ISTC)
    • Tamir (anti-missile defense system Iron Dome).

    The MML is mounted on a Medium Tactical Truck. 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 via radio. The truck will also pull a trailer that has a missile data link to communicate to interceptors in-flight, and an Army standard 60 kW generator to power the system while emplaced.

    In 2012, the IFPC Inc 2-I Product Office came to the AMRDEC to conduct an engineering feasibility study to support an Analysis of Alternatives excursion for a Multi-Role, Common Launcher. A white paper published in April 2012 concluded that such a launcher was feasible from an engineering standpoint. The launcher groundwork continued with conduct of a deeper dive into key performance goals and performance trade studies leading to a Conceptual Design in October 2012. The Conceptual Design leveraged the M1157 Dump Truck, an existing member of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, and a M1095 five-ton trailer. The FMTV frame reinforcements, cradle and azimuth geared bearing were leveraged from the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System along with significant hardware and software architecture experience from AMRDEC engineers.

    Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific, IT solutions to the national security, cybersecurity, space, and critical infrastructure sectors. Our portfolio features highly specialized technical services and a range of software and hardware products, including components, subsystems, and complex end-to-end systems. The company of more than 3,000 employees is based in Huntsville, Ala., and has offices throughout the US.

    Leidos is a Fortune 500 information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company's 40,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021.




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