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Video: DARPA MAD-FIRES Anti-Ship Missile Self Defense For LCS & FFG(X) - MAD-FIRES is the round the company is currently developing with DARPA for the #US Navy surface combatants fitted with 57mm main guns. 👍👍👍 navalnews.com/naval-news/201…
Multi-Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System, or MAD-FIRES, is a missile that comes out of a 57 mm gun according to Raytheon. Its designed to combine the guidance, precision & accuracy of missiles with the speed, rapid-fire & large ammunition capacity of bullets.
MAD-FIRES will provide a potent self protection capability against anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM) to the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and future frigates known today as FFG(X). Both types of ships are or will be fitted with BAE System’s Mk110 57mm main guns.
A video released by Raytheon show the LCS as well as an FFG(X) frigate (the F-100 design being proposed by GD Bath Iron Works and Spain’s Navantia) in action, countering anti ship missiles launched from a Chinese H-6K bomber, a Chinese Type 052C destroyer and a submarine.
Details about MAD-FIRES’s performance (speed, range), guidance system or the potential presence of a data-link (allowing target re-allocation or re-engagement) are, for now, not available.
The video shows that MAD-FIRES discards a sabot when coming out of the barrel. Its controlled by canards at the front & likely achieves long range & stability via its spinning body (only the canards and fuse appear to be non spinning).
MAD-FIRES aims to advance the state-of-the-art in defensive gun systems by creating a new, low-cost technological foundation for guided, gun-launched projectiles. Specifically, MAD-FIRES aims to incorporate enhanced ammunition rounds.......
....... able to alter their flight path in real time to stay on target, and a capacity to continuously target, track and engage multiple fast-approaching targets simultaneously and re-engage any targets that survive initial engagement.
Benefits of MAD-FIRES: Improved real-time defense against evolving air & surface combat threats, facilitated by: Extreme precision. Ability to defend against large numbers of simultaneous attacks. Decreased per-engagement costs by a factor of 10 or more.
Trade study for the MAD-FIRES started in 2015, followed by a first development contract signed in February 2016. Raytheon conducted rocket model tests in February this year, followed by a successful a hot fire rocket motor test in May.
“All of those tests were successful. It shows that the projectile, the flight control surfaces, and the rocket motor all integrated together. Later this year or next year we will put in all that together for more tests” Raytheon told Naval News during SAS 2019.
If ordered, MAD-FIRES won’t be the first smart, guided ammunition for the LCS and FFG(X). The ALaMO round is preceding it. Designed by L3, ALaMO (Advanced Low-cost Munitions Ordnance) HE-4G is a low-cost 57mm guided smart munition developed for the LCS, Frigates & CG Cutters.
ALaMO is designed to help surface vessels fitted with the BAE Systems Mk110 defend against asymmetric threats, such as swarming small boats and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Video of the DARPA MAD-FIRES Anti-Ship Missile Self Defense for LCS & FFG(X) - Great job by the Naval News
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