The US Army is looking for an interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to field on its Stryker wheeled infantry carrier and reconnaissance vehicles.
A request for information (RFI) for 72 Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems was issued by the service on 5 December to determine if there were any sources that would meet its specific requirements.
As posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website, the RFI calls for a kinetic and non-kinetic solution to be integrated onto the Stryker vehicle. The system’s sensor must be interoperable with the Thales Raytheon Systems (TRS) AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air-defence radar in its current configuration through the Mission Command Architecture (MCA).
The Sentinel is capable of tracking more than 50 targets out to a range of 75 km, and is configured to track airborne assets travelling at both high and low altitude at various speeds.
In terms of the MCA, the IM-SHORAD should be capable of integrating into the US Army Mission Command. The system should integrate with Forward Area Air Defense-Command and Control (FAAD-C2) with Rajant or Terrestrial Transmission Line of Sight (TRILOS) radios with the Rugged Handheld Terminal Unit (RHTU). Additionally, the solution must be interoperable with fielded situational awareness displays (Air Defense Interrogator [ADI]), and Blue Force Tracker [BFT]).
For its kinetic effects, the system must have multiple, US Army-fielded, selectable effectors to include two interceptor types with the basic load of four FIM-92 Stinger and four AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles. The Stinger has a range of between 0.2-8 km, while the Longbow Hellfire has a range of between 0.5-8 km. It must also be capable of utilising a gun ranging from 12.7-30 mm in calibre, and sighted using optical and infrared sensors. For non-kinetic effects, the IM-SHORAD solution must have a US Army-fielded electronic warfare effector designed to engage and counter UAVs.
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