Leonardo DRS to receive IM-SHORAD prototype contract

By Ashley Tressel / June 28, 2018 at 1:55 PM

The Army has selected Leonardo DRS to provide the mission equipment package for the service’s accelerated Initial Maneuver-Short-Range Air Defense effort and will begin negotiations for an award, the company announced today.

The system will serve as an interim solution to defend against unmanned aircraft, helicopter and fixed-wing threats and includes technologies from other industry partners, such as Moog’s Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform, Raytheon’s Stinger missiles and RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar.

General Dynamics was selected to integrate the equipment onto the upgraded Stryker A1 vehicle, according to Leonardo.

Leonardo said it expects an award in August. The Army plans to deliver IM-SHORAD prototypes in 2019.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville approved a total requirement of 144 IM-SHORAD systems. The first two battalions would receive 36 systems each by fiscal year 2021 and the third and fourth battalions by FY-22.