- US Army leaders have identified short-range air defence as a key deficiency
- The service is looking to field an ‘IM-SHORAD’ capability by 2020
The US Army, which is preparing itself for a potential conflict with a near-peer adversary, has selected vendors for participation in its effort to field an Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) capability by 2020.
The service’s existing capability is limited to the Avenger system, which is mounted on a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle and employs the Stinger surface-to-air missile. Ultimately, the goal is to provide a more survivable system employing the same Stryker vehicles that would be used in a manoeuvre formation.
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