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New US Marine Air Defense Integrated System fielding set for 2024

A US marine looks over the MADIS Increment 1 engineering development model aboard a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle during a February 2022 visit to the Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic in Charleston, South Carolina. The US Marine Corps wants to field the new air-defence weapon in 2024. (US Navy)

The US Marine Corps (USMC) is testing two early versions of its new Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) Increment 1 to defeat aerial threats and is plotting ways to produce a future, more lethal version of the weapon, according to Don Kelley, the service's programme manager for Ground Based Air Defense and the programme executive officer for Land Systems.

The service has two MADIS Increment 1 engineering development models, similar to a prototype, and is planning to conduct an operational assessment of the weapon by the end of 2022 in anticipation of a Milestone C production decision around February 2023, Kelley told Janes during a 17 May interview.

β€œThe MADIS system is on schedule, we're in the middle of the testing, and the initial test is showing that it's coming together very nicely,” he added. If the programme stays on schedule, the service will begin building the low-rate initial production versions of the weapon and these will be used for initial operational test and evaluation towards the end of 2023. Seventeen systems (with two vehicles in each) would be ready for fielding around September 2024, the service said on 10 June.

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