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Special Report: IM-SHORAD Down-selection

U.S. Army to Provide A “Next-Generation” Protection Capability to Forward Deployed Units

On 19th June 2018, the US Army down-selected an industry consortium led by Leonardo DRS to satisfy an “Initial Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense” (IM-SHORAD) requirement. The aim is to provide tactical ground units with improved air defense capabilities against emerging threats.

The news follows a series of assessments made by U.S. government bodies, including the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) which on 18th July, warned of a “dramatic increase” in air and missile platforms capable of threatening U.S. ground forces.

In order to provide a next-generation protection capability to forward deployed units, the U.S. Army’s IM-SHORAD solution will feature an integrated suite of mission systems including radar, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sighting system, electronic warfare package as well as non-lethal and lethal effects including Hellfire rockets; Stinger missiles; and a 30mm M230LF cannon.

In this report you will learn about the IM-SHORAD details including:

  • Why the USA is pursuing the capability
  • L3 WESCAM’s leading technological role in the down selection
  • Why a Digital Sighting System is a key component in today’s leading ground MEP system solution

In order to provide advanced protection to forward deployed units, the US Army’s selected IM-SHORAD solution will feature a suite of mission systems including radar, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sighting system, electronic warfare package as well as non-lethal and lethal effects including Hellfire rockets; Stinger missiles; and 30mm M230LF cannon.

Watch our announcement video below.

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