Marine Corps Successfully Tests New Counter-UAS System

The live-fire test subjected the Marine Air Defense Integrated System to actual battlefield scenarios, where it detected, tracked, identified, and defeated unmanned aerial threats By Abi Wylie / 23 Jan 2024
Marine Corps Successfully Tests New Counter-UAS System
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Program Executive Officer Land Systems has successfully tested the Marine Air Defense Integrated System, or MADIS, low-rate initial production model.

The Marine Corps is one step closer to defeating unmanned aircraft systems, with MADIS hitting several launched drones during a live-fire test at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

The live-fire test subjected MADIS to actual battlefield scenarios, where it detected, tracked, identified, and defeated unmanned aerial threats.

MADIS is a short-range, surface-to-air system that enables Low Altitude Air Defense Battalions to deter and neutralize unmanned aircraft systems and fixed wing/rotary wing aircraft.  Mounted aboard two Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, the system is a complementary pair. 

MADIS includes multiple disparate systems, including radar systems, surface-to-air missiles, and command and control elements. In layman’s terms, one detects, and the other attacks.

Drones continue to be a threat, especially with the emergence of easily accessible, commercial off-the-shelf products. MADIS uses real-time communication and coordination to destroy or neutralize low-altitude aerial threats in defense of the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

During the test, MADIS successfully tracked and hit multiple targets using the Stinger missiles and 30mm cannon. Information passed through the Common Aviation Command and Control System to the “fighting pair” of vehicles, executing the engagements while continuing to track other UAS targets.

Maj. Craig Warner, product manager for Future Weapons Systems, said that the program office has additional live-fire testing planned for new equipment training, system verification testing, and initial operational test and evaluation in FY24, prior to the start of fielding. The 3rd Littoral Anti-Air Battalion will be the first battalion in the Marine Corps to receive the MADIS.

Col. Andrew Konicki, program manager for Ground Based Air Defense, said; “MADIS can complete the entire kill chain, and we witness that during this event. It is a linchpin for mission success and our ability to neutralize airborne threats…which in turn, increases our lethality.”

“The importance of countering UAS threats cannot be overstated. We see it all over the news. MADIS is the key. We’re excited to get this out to Marines.

“We’ve taken multiple disparate commercial off-the-shelf and government off-the-shelf technologies and put them together. This is a capability the Marine Corps has never had, and it was a challenge for the acquisition community. This test event shows we met that challenge.”

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