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The #AIAMD test👇was a cruise missile intercept involving RIG-360 according to N. Grumman. The first live target engagement involved a Sentinel tracking a cruise missile across the desert & IBCS using the track data to engage the missile using RIG-360 for PATRIOT missile uplink.
Why is this important? A PATRIOT launchers can now support #AIAMD intercepts utilizing composite tracks generated by #IBCS compliant sensors w/o needing a PATRIOT radar/LTAMDS in the loop. IFCN & RIG-360 are 2 of the most important elements of AIAMD.
Integrated Fire Control Network & the X-band RIG360 allows AIAMD to "break the PATRIOT architecture" & emplace launchers for best coverage with PATRIOT sensors supported by up to 8 Sentinel A4 radars per battalion. Each launcherâž•IFCN âž•RIG360 combo becomes a self contained sys.
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On October 18, 2021, Lockheed Martin completed production of the 1000th #PAC3 MSE. Since it was approved for Full Rate Production, Lockheed has gradually increased #MSE annual production capacity which currently stands at 500. US Army acquisition objective is 3,376 AUR's. Image
MSE missile achieved IOC in 2016, and was approved for FRP in 2018. >12 PATRIOT users operate or have selected the MSE missile. Compared to the PAC-3 CRI, the larger MSE is faster, more agile, and capable of engaging more capable threats at extended range. ImageImage
The lower tier Hit-to-Kill approach adopted by the PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE is the reason why the missiles focus on such high agility. Compared to the smaller legacy PAC-3, the MSE has larger control surfaces, more capable actuators, and improved Attitude Control Motors. Image
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Starting LOT-36, Raytheon will only produce the C8 & D3 variants of the #AMRAAM missile (+ any future upg). Earlier this year, US Army awarded Raytheon a contract to integrate the C8 #AMRAAM into #NASAMS which likely also means that prod. AMRAAMER's will include same hardw/sofw.
US Army has so far not funded integrating the Sentinel A4 #AESA with #NASAMS. This as Raytheon continues to mature #LTAMDS derived #GhostEye #AESA to support #NASAMS upgrades. Raytheon still continues to deliver Sentinel A3 #PESA radars to the Army.👇deliveries to 60ADAR (Aug22).
#GhostEye is a C-band #AESA and will support #NASAM's newly added medium range air-defense mission that is enabled by the AMRAAM-Extended Range and future medium range interceptors. It appears that Kongsberg will continue to pursue it as opposed to seeking SentinelA4 integration.
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"During IOT&E Ph I, 3-43 ADA operated across a 150k long battlespace & when factoring width, was spread across 9,800 km2. The largest battlespace consisted of a Patriot Radar, Engagement Operations Center,6 launchers,3 remote Sentinel sites with relays, and 1 IFCN relay" US Army
"In the current construct IBCS-enabled battalion would receive 18 nodes of equipment-12 relays & 6 EOCs..A nominal IBCS-enabled BN w/o accessing IP drops could support a geographical area of 70,000 km2 which is roughly the size of the state of Indiana"
For those wondering, IFCN allows individual AIAMD elements such as PATRIOT radars, launchers, EOCs, Sentinel radars and in the future IFPC launchers to be spaced up to 150 km apart. This can be extended via relays.
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