U.S. Army Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD)
U.S. Army Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD)

Leonardo DRS Awarded Contract to Deliver Additional Maneuver Short Range Air Defense

Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics to provide additional mission equipment packages (MEP) for Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) Increment 1 (M-SHORAD Inc. 1) systems. The contract is valued at $204 million. These production contract awards follow a very successful rapid prototyping effort that completed an aggressive government test schedule and fielded four production-like systems in Germany. Under the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, the company is expected to provide 59 additional MEPs for the program.

“Leonardo DRS appreciates the Army’s decision to procure the additional M-SHORAD Inc. 1 systems. The team is on track to deliver the mission equipment packages to General Dynamics Land Systems on schedule,” said Aaron Hankins, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Leonardo DRS Land Systems line of business. “This capability is urgently needed for today’s battlefield, and we are excited to be a part of the team delivering it to our soldiers.”

Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense

This order follows the first delivery order for 28 production MEPs being delivered beginning early next year. Leonardo DRS Land Systems fully integrates the MEP before providing it to General Dynamics Land Systems, the platform integrator and prime contractor. The M-SHORAD Inc. 1 MEP includes Moog’s Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP ®) turret with multiple kinetic effectors including the XM914E1 30mm cannon, M240 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, Stinger and Longbow HELFFIRE missiles. The MEP also includes Rada USA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) and several other enabling technologies.

M-SHORAD is an Air Defense Artillery capability which moves and maneuvers in direct support of Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) to destroy, neutralize or deter low altitude aerial threats. Warfighters face a myriad of dangerous threats — ground and air. Warfighters require precision direct fire weapons and missiles to defeat these current and emerging threats. With Leonardo DRS’ mission equipment package, as part of the Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) capability, Warfighters possess the ability to maneuver at the tactical level with a complete detect, identify, track and defeat capability which defeats UAS, rotary-wing and fixed-wing threats. By employing precision ground-to-ground and ground-to-air lethality, the Warfighter truly owns the edge.

Mobile Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) system.

Moog is an American-based designer and manufacturer of electric, electro-hydraulic and hydraulic motion, controls and systems for applications in aerospace, defense, industrial and medical devices. The company operates under four segments: aircraft controls, space and defense controls, industrial controls, and components. Moog Inc. is a an integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog is headquartered in Elma, New York and has sales, engineering, and manufacturing facilities in twenty-six countries.

Leonardo DRS is a leading provider of defense products and technologies that are used across land, air, sea, space and cyber domains. Its diverse array of defense systems and solutions is offered to all branches of the U.S. military, major aerospace and defense prime contractors, government intelligence agencies and international military customers for deployment on a wide range of military platforms. Leonardo DRS focuses its capabilities in areas of critical importance to the U.S. military, such as sensing, electronic warfare & cyber, network computing, communications, force protection and electrical power and propulsion.