Dynetics and Raytheon will supply ESLs and AIM-9X Blk IIs to US Army
WASHINGTON — 16 Enduring Shield Launchers [ESL] and 60 AIM-9X Blk II cannisterized rounds will begin to be received by the US Army in the fiscal year 2023. Our source claims that this will happen at the end of the year, ie. Q4 of FY2023. They are part of the US Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability [IFPC] Inc 2.
By TOC on October 23rd, 2022
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IFPC is the Army’s SHORAD & Counter Rocket capability for defending fixed/semi-fixed sites. Priority set 1 focus on Counter UAS, & Cruise Missile Defense and features an IAMD-BCS compatible high capacity [20 or more AURs] Enduring Shield launcher & AIM-9X Blk 2 missile.
IFPC Inc 2, priority set 2, addresses the Counter Rocket mission with the interceptor solution to be competitively acquired in the coming years. Lockheed Martin’s MHTK, Raytheon’s AI3, and Rafael’s modified Tamir can all be viable candidates.
What is Dynetics IFPC?
Dynetics IFPC is a mobile ground weapons system that must intercept, track and destroy cruise missiles and unmanned aerial systems [UAS] quickly, efficiently, and through precise destruction.
Dynetics has been working for a long time to develop such a weapon system. Through its subsidiary Leidos, Dynetics has already received a $ 237 million contract to begin prototyping and production of IFPC systems.
Dinetics’ IFPC system is a missile launcher with connecting switches that must be easily and quickly integrated into US Army ground battalions. Ie the system has a flexible architecture that allows flexibility, upgrades, and full integration. The system provides a 360-degree shell for air defense with the ability to hit multiple targets simultaneously.
The Dynetics IFPC missile?
Dynetics IFPC will integrate a short-range air-to-air missile AIM-9X Sidewinder, developed and manufactured by Raytheon Missiles & Defense. This missile weighs just over 83 kg and uses a warhead WDU-17 / B annular blast-fragmentation, which weighs just over 9 kg.
The rocket is powered by Hercules / Bermite Mk. 36 solid-fuel rocket engine and has an operating range of 1 to 35 km. The missile flies at a speed of Mach 2.5 and is directed by infrared homing, using semi-active radar homing [AIM-9C]. In addition to being used in the Dynetics system, the missile is part of the active armament of aircraft, naval vessels, fixed launchers, and ground vehicles.
Dynetics chose the AIM-9X effector and the eco-sealed All-Up Round Magazine [AUR-M], provided by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies. The AIM-9X has the most advanced IR search engine in use today, providing fighters with an extremely effective solution for tracking and intercepting difficult-to-detect, fast-moving cruise missiles. The missile has previously demonstrated successful integration and engagement with the US military’s IBCS, supporting the accelerated prototyping phase required by the US military.