09 September 2020
by Ashley Roque
The US Marine Corps is fleshing out plans to outfit a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) with a ground-based air-defence system and is now poised to buy 300 XM914E1 30 × 113 mm chain guns from Northrop Grumman.
In a recent public release the service announced the planned fiscal year (FY) 2021 buy for its Marine Air Defense Integrated System Increment 1 (MADIS Inc 1) effort.
“The XM914E1 provides a readily available, non-developmental solution that can be integrated within the size, weight, and power parameters of the remote weapon station (RWS) on the JLTV Heavy Guns Carrier (HGC), to include all electrical and mechanical interfaces,” the USMC wrote. “The XM914E1 is compatible with the MADIS Inc 1 command & control (C2) software baseline and is capable of firing 30 mm × 113 mm caliber rounds, to include the self-destruct and proximity rounds.”
Over the past few months, the USMC has unveiled various MADIS Inc 1 details and plans after determining that a version of Moog’s Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) as too heavy for a JLTV. Following the decision, the service issued a request for information (RFI) seeking vendor feedback for MADIS Inc 1, and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, EOS Defense Systems, and Moog submitted their respective plans.
Janes first reported that the USMC ultimately picked Kongsberg’s Protector XM914 RWS.
“Kongsberg was notified on June 26 that they were selected to provide a final proposal,” a USMC spokesperson confirmed on 7 July. “Both EOS and Moog were notified that they were not selected.”
Pictured here is Kongsberg Defence’s Protector XM914 RWS. The USMC has picked the RWS for its MADIS Inc 1 effort and will now buy 300 XM914E1 30 × 113 mm chain guns. (Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace)
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The US Marine Corps is fleshing out plans to outfit a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) with a gro...