A defense contractor has released new footage of its Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) system from an Army test carried out earlier this year.
Video published to Twitter last week by General Dynamic Land Systems shows a Stryker infantry carrier vehicle firing off a volley of Stinger and Hellfire missiles and testing out its 30mm autocannon, a major flex of the beastly new short-range air defense system.
The IM-SHORAD system consists of a 360-degree Avenger air defense turret loaded up with Stinger and AGM-114 Longbow Hellfire missiles, an XM914 30mm cannon, and a 7.62mm machine gun.
The Stryker IM-SHORAD vehicle provides lethal, mobile and survivable defense against an array of aerial threats. Awarded the U.S. Army program contract in September,
highlights include on-board target-acquisition capability. #AUSANow #GDatAUSA pic.twitter.com/oYd4pFKM4u
— General Dynamics Land Systems (@GD_LandSystems) October 15, 2020
The video footage comes two weeks after the Army awarded GDLS a $1.2 billion contract award to produce, test, and deliver IM-SHORAD systems to the service in the coming years.
The Army envisions employing all of this firepower to counter not just unmanned aerial systems that U.S. troops have been contending with on the battlefields of the Middle East, but both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft deployed by more conventional adversaries like Russia or China.
The IM-SHORAD system “provides the Army improved capabilities for defense of maneuver formations and other tactical echelons from low altitude air attack and surveillance,” according to the service’s fiscal year 2021 budget documents.
The Army’s initial order calls for 28 Stryker IM-SHORAD Strykers worth roughly $230 million, and the service plans on eventually spreading 144 systems across four battalions by as soon as fiscal year 2023.
It’s still unclear if the Army plans on naming the vehicle after a fictional tank from Warhammer 40,000.