US Marine Corps Successfully Tests Iron Dome Based Air Defense Prototype
US Marine Corps Successfully Tests Iron Dome Based Air Defense Prototype

US Marine Corps Successfully Tests Iron Dome Based Air Defense Prototype

A major breakthrough for the US Marine Corps (USMC) integration of RAFAEL’s Iron Dome ground launcher and Tamir interceptor missile into Marine Corps’ Medium-Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) Prototype with the USMC G/ATOR Radar and CAC2S Battle Management System. The Marine Corps’ Medium-Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) prototype successfully hit several simultaneously-launched cruise missile representative targets during the live-fire test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico June 30, 2022. The MRIC prototype provides Marine Corps point defense in an expeditionary package. The system is just one of several initiatives critical to Force Design 2030, addressing an emergent capability gap for the Marine Corps. Program Executive Officer Land System’s Ground-Based Air Defense program oversees the system.

US Marine Corps Successfully Tests Iron Dome Based Air Defense Prototype
The U.S. Marine Corps conducted live-fire test for its MRIC prototype at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. (Photo by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.)

Brigadier General (Res.) Pinhas Yungman, Executive Vice President and Head of RAFAEL’s Air Defense Systems Directorate: “Once again, RAFAEL’s systems have proven that they are capable of seamless, optimized integration with other defense systems. The Marines live-fire test demonstrated a successful combination of an Iron Dome ground launcher, Tamir interceptor with the Marines’ radar system and battle management system. This is an important and significant message for RAFAEL, for the Marines and the other customers in the United States and in the international market.”

“This demonstration proves that we do now have a relevant capability,” said Don Kelley, program manager for GBAD at PEO Land Systems, immediately following the successful test.

Head of the IMDO in the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Moshe Patel: “This test has proven the Iron Dome Tamir Interceptor and associated ground components can be integrated quickly and efficiently in any relevant defense architecture and intercept various aerial threats successfully in complex and advanced scenarios. We look forward to further partnerships with the US Armed Forces on Air and Missile Defense.”

The MRIC prototype is the Marine Corps’ proposed new counter-cruise missile capability. During the test, the Medium Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) prototype successfully hit several simultaneously-launched cruise missile targets.(Photo by U.S. Army)

During the U.S. Marine Corps event, MRIC engaged targets representative of cruise missile threats. The test examined MRIC’s integration capabilities with the US Marine Corps’ AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, Common Aviation Command and Control System, and components of the Iron Dome Weapon System, including the Tamir interceptor. MRIC is designed is to defeat cruise missile threats and other manned and unmanned aerial threats for fixed and operationally semi-fixed sites. A live fire test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico proved:
USMC has Iron Dome defense capabilities
Iron Dome was successfully integrated into USMC Architecture
The system performed exactly as was predicted by a USMC simulation prior to the test itself.

Live fire of the Medium Range Interceptor Capability (MRIC) with the US Marine Corps’ AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, Common Aviation Command and Control System, and components of the Iron Dome Weapon System. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps)