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One of the Army’s newest high-priority weapon systems has arrived for testing at Redstone Arsenal.

The Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense system was welcomed Sept. 30 at Test Area 6 by the Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office. IM-SHORAD is jointly developed by General Dynamics Land Systems and Leonardo DRS. Six months after receiving the requirements, a 13-month rapid

development effort created the prototype.

The IM-SHORAD Product Office will conduct testing at Redstone in addition to testing on other prototypes at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. After testing is complete, the Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office expects to award an IM-SHORAD production contract in late fiscal 2020.

Plans are to build 144 of the vehicles to provide greater lethality to the warfighter on the battlefield. The system features a Stryker mounted turret with Stinger missiles, Longbow Hellfire missiles, a 30 mm cannon and a 7.62 machine gun. IM-SHORAD also incorporates onboard 360 degree hemispherical radar and gives the maneuver force increased short-range air defense capability against fixed wing, rotary wing and unmanned aircraft systems. At the same time it provides speed and armored crew protection.

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