US unveils the IFPC – a next-gen of anti-missiles and anti-UAS system

WASHINGTON — At the end of 2022, the US Army will test a next-generation anti-missile and anti-UAS system called Dynetics Indirect Fire Protection Capability [IFPC]. BulgarianMilitary.com learned, citing information from Twitter, that the development of the prototype has already begun, with work being carried out in Huntsville, Alabama, and Tucson, Arizona.

US unveils the IFPC - a next-gen of anti-missiles and anti-UAS system
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After the completion of the tests, deliveries of Dynetics IFPC are expected to start in the last quarter of 2023 in the so-called M-SHORAD battalions. The M-SHORAD systems were introduced in 2020 by the US Army and actually represent the transformation of an eight-wheeled Stryker vehicle into an unmanned assassin that can move quickly across the battlefield in support of ground forces.

M-SHORAD battalions will be part of the newly created so-called Protection Brigade [PB] unit in the US Army. This unit must protect each division of the US Army during an attack. In its structure, it includes an engineer battalion, a military police battalion, a Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense [M-SHORAD] battalion, a CBRN battalion, and a brigade support battalion.

BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that in the middle of last year [2021] a test of a similar IFPC [Enduring Shield] system was performed, the prototype of which was developed jointly between Rafael / RTX and Dynetics.

What does the company say?

“Dynetics looks forward to delivering this next-generation solution to meet the Army’s needs now and in the future,” said Ronnie Chronister, senior vice president of Weapons Technology and Manufacturing at Dynetics at the end of last year. “We’re ready to tackle this urgent schedule, supporting the safety of our soldiers with this integrated air and missile defense capability.”

According to the company’s statement the manufacturing of components, performance of assembly, and system integration have already begun. “Dynetics is set to deliver four units in 2022 and 12 units by the end of 2023,” the company said.

What is Dynetics IFPC?

Dynetics IFPC is a mobile ground weapons system that must intercept, track and destroy cruise missiles and unmanned aerial systems [UAS] quickly, efficiently, and through precise destruction.

US unveils the IFPC - a next-gen of anti-missiles and anti-UAS system
Photo credit: Twitter

Dynetics has been working for a long time to develop such a weapon system. Through its subsidiary Leidos, Dynetics has already received a $ 237 million contract to begin prototyping and production of IFPC systems.

Dinetics’ IFPC system is a missile launcher with connecting switches that must be easily and quickly integrated into US Army ground battalions. Ie the system has a flexible architecture that allows flexibility, upgrades, and full integration. The system provides a 360-degree shell for air defense with the ability to hit multiple targets simultaneously.

The Dynetics IFPC missile?

Dynetics IFPC will integrate a short-range air-to-air missile AIM-9X Sidewinder, developed and manufactured by Raytheon Missiles & Defense. This missile weighs just over 83 kg and uses a warhead WDU-17 / B annular blast-fragmentation, which weighs just over 9 kg.

The rocket is powered by Hercules / Bermite Mk. 36 solid-fuel rocket engine and has an operating range of 1 to 35 km. The missile flies at a speed of Mach 2.5 and is directed by infrared homing, using semi-active radar homing [AIM-9C]. In addition to being used in the Dynetics system, the missile is part of the active armament of aircraft, naval vessels, fixed launchers, and ground vehicles.

US unveils the IFPC - a next-gen of anti-missiles and anti-UAS system AIM-9 Sidewinder
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Dynetics chose the AIM-9X effector and the eco-sealed All-Up Round Magazine [AUR-M], provided by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies. The AIM-9X has the most advanced IR search engine in use today, providing fighters with an extremely effective solution for tracking and intercepting difficult-to-detect, fast-moving cruise missiles. The missile has previously demonstrated successful integration and engagement with the US military’s IBCS, supporting the accelerated prototyping phase required by the US military.

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