Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Project Office
The AIAMD program conducted its first successful intercept flight test against a Cruise Missile surrogate target using a Patriot Advanced Capability Three interceptor and composite track data from Sentinel and Patriot radars Nov. 12 at White Sands Missile Range.
This test demonstrated the Army’s capability to identify, track, engage and kill a target using an interceptor from one Air Defense System and remote sensors from another Air Defense System operating on the Integrated Fire Control Network under the control of the IAMD Battle Command System.
The Cruise Missile surrogate, an MQM-107 Drone Target, flew a low-altitude trajectory against an asset defended by an AIAMD task force comprised of a Battalion Engagement Operations Center, a non-collocated Battery EOC with a Patriot radar, a remote IFCN Relay connected to two Patriot PAC-3 launchers and two remote Sentinel radars connected to IFCN relays, all of which were operating on the IFCN.
The low-altitude trajectory of the target obscured it from the Patriot radar’s field of view. As designed, the IBCS system correctly used the Sentinel composite tracking data to calculate the necessary engagement solution resulting in the PAC-3 missile successfully engaging and killing the target.
The AIAMD System of Systems represents the shift from a traditional system-centric weapon systems acquisition to a component-based acquisition approach. AIAMD provides for the full, net-centric, plug and fight integration of existing and future AMD forces and systems.
AIAMD supports integration at the system component level (e.g. launchers and sensors) into an Army IAMD SoS network, enabling the architecture to exploit the full combat potential of Army capabilities. AIAMD provides for the movement of critical information and decision aids from AMD sensors and weapons to the decision-maker supporting the AMD mission objectives. The IBCS EOC provides the common mission command capability, as well as the Plug & Fight A/B-Kits, including the IFCN capability for the fire-control connectivity that enables distributed operations.
The AIAMD Project is managed by the Program Executive Officer, Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, AL. Northrop Grumman is the IBCS prime contractor; Raytheon is the prime contractor responsible for the adaptation of the Patriot Radar; and the Cruise Missile Defense System Project Office within the PEO MS is responsible for the adaptation of the Sentinel Radar.