Military Capabilities

Army eyes second interceptor for IFPC air defence system

28 February 2018

The US Army is awaiting funding from Congress in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to begin adding a new interceptor capability to its new mobile air defence system.

The Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 - Intercept Block I (IFPC Inc 2-I) is to be a mobile ground-based defence system to counter unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), cruise missiles, and rockets, artillery, and mortars (RAM) with a variety of interceptors.

IFPC’s initial capability is met with an AIM-9X surface-to-air missile and a second interceptor, known as the Expanded Mission Area Missile (EMAM) would begin development with FY 2018 funding and could be fielded by 2023, Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, said during 28 February remarks at an Association of the US Army event.

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