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May 9, 2022

Raytheon and Rafael test medium range interceptor capability

The live-fire test assessed MRIC’s proficiency against high-end cruise missiles threats.

Raytheon Missiles & Defence and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems have tested the medium range interceptor capability (MRIC) during the US Marine Corps (USMC) event.

During the live-fire test, the MRIC successfully shot down all the cruise missile threat representative targets.

This is the first test under the series designed to validate the MRIC’s potential to intercept cruise missiles threats for the USMC.

It examined the capabilities of MRIC to integrate with the USMC’s Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) and AN/TPS-ground/air task-oriented radar.

The live-fire test also validated MRIC’s efficiency with the components of Iron Dome Weapon System, including Tamir interceptor.

Raytheon Missiles & Defence Land Warfare & Air Defence president Tom Laliberty said: “This test proved the interoperability of sensors and effectors working together as an integrated air and missile defence capability.

“The demonstration showcased the benefits of integration, extending the capabilities of individual systems into a solution greater than the sum of its parts.”

The MRIC prototype is being developed by the Ground Based Air Defence programme office at USMC’s Programme Executive Office Land Systems to support the modernisation initiative of Fleet Marine Forces.

Apart from defeating the cruise missile threats, MRIC system is also designed to counter other crewed and uncrewed aerial threats for operationally fixed and semi-fixed sites.

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Air and Missile Defence executive vice-president retired brigadier general Pini Yungman said: “Iron Dome continues to demonstrate its capabilities against more advanced threats, further proving its ability as one of the most premier lower-tier missile air and missile defence systems in the world.”

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