NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. –Integration of the joint Navy and Air Force AIM-9X Sidewinder Air Intercept Missile with the Army’s Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) hit the mark as the teams completed a successful live-fire engineering demonstration at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, March 28-April 1.Go to the website to read the whole thing. I can only take so much Pentagon-ese before I feel like punching walls and shouting speak English.
During the Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) conceptual demonstration, missiles were launched from the MML, locked-on, and intercepted both an unmanned aerial vehicle and a cruise missile.
“Working closely with our industry partner and the Army, the PMA-259 team established a first-of-its-kind surface-to-air missile capability,” said Capt. Jim Stoneman, Air-to-Air Missiles (PMA-259) program manager. “We are thrilled with the outcome of the live-fire as it solidifies the repurpose of the missile for use in a surface-launch role. The demo is a testament to the fact that the missile and launcher integration will be an affordable game-changer in future wartime conflicts, and will greatly increase mission effectiveness against aerial adversaries.”