USMC begins the search for updated MADIS weapon systems

December 13, 2018

Jane’s 360:

In response to the US military’s increasing concern with adversary unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the US Marine Corps (USMC) is moving forward with its Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) initiative and soliciting industry’s help to rush near-term, counter-UAS into the field. The programme includes a UAS equipped with a kinetic capability to shoot down other UAS.

To defend forward operating areas, manoeuvre forces, and vital areas, the USMC’s Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) battalion employs Ground-Based Air Defense (GBAD) equipment including legacy Advanced Man Portable Air Defense System (A-MANPADS) and the Stinger missile system. The service also has a “requirement” for the GBAD Future Weapons Systems (FWS) to shoot down UAS, as well as fixed-wing (FW) and rotary-wing (RW) aircraft threats, the corps said in a 3 December solicitation.

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