U.S. Army’s Latest Anti-Aircraft Defense System Began Fire Testing

April 27, 2021

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The U.S. has given the green light for testing a new short-range air defense system, The Mobile Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) system. The first units will be delivered to the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (5-4 ADA), a subordinate unit under the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

This battalion is currently based at Shipton Kaserne in Ansbach, Germany. The new M-SHORAD units now augment the battalion’s existing set of Humvee-based Avenger short-range air defenses.

The M-SHORAD system integrates existing anti-aircraft guns, missiles, rockets, and sensors onto a highly mobile 8×8 Stryker A1 vehicle platform. The rationale behind this development is to provide support for maneuvering forces against a variety of aerial threats including unmanned aircraft, rotary-wing, missiles, and residual fixed-wing threats.

The project forms part of a $1.2 billion contract with General Dynamics Land Systems (who built the Stryker) to integrate the Leonardo DRS’s M-SHORAD system into their vehicles…

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