General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded a $1.2 billion contract to produce, test and deliver Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems, according to the U.S. Department of Defense contract announcements.
Per the contract, work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2025.
IM-SHORAD is an Air Defense Artillery capability which moves and maneuvers in direct support of Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) to destroy, neutralize or deter low altitude aerial threats, including Group 3 UAS, rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft.
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The new system based on the Stryker A1 platform and include Leonardo DRS’ ground-to-air and ground-to-ground mission equipment package.
Armed with Hellfire and Stinger missiles and a 30mm cannon, the new system will support the Army’s short-range air defense operational gap.
The new combat system includes kinetic and non-kinetic defeat capabilities and an on-board radar that would provide 360-degree air defense protection of the Stryker and Armor Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) throughout the range of military operations.
In a recent notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service asked industry proposals in regards to an ability to deliver 144 IM-SHORAD systems with deliveries beginning in the fiscal year 2020 and final deliveries in 2024.