Marine Corps wants information on 'aircraft defeat capability' for MADIS integration

By Mallory Shelbourne / April 1, 2020 at 12:05 PM

The Marine Corps is looking for information from industry about an "aircraft defeat capability" it could incorporate with the Marine Air Defense Integrated System.

According to a March 26 request for information, the Marine Corps wants to outfit the system, which should include both a launcher and a payload, on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle heavy guns carrier.

The "[program manager for ground based air defense] is seeking to identify interested vendors capable of providing a [fixed wing]/[rotary wing] aircraft defeat capability (launcher and payload), turret mounted, onto the MK1 JLTV," the RFI reads.

"The vendor-identified capability shall allow for integration within the size, weight, and power parameters of the JLTV HGC to include all electrical and mechanical interfaces," it continues. "The vendor solution shall be compatible with the MADIS Inc 1 command and control software baseline."

The RFI says the system should not "require new development," but should be prepared "to support delivery of (2) Engineering Development Models during 3QFY21, and production of 13 Low Rate Production Units during 3QFY22."

According to the most recent budget justification books, the Marine Corps is seeking $18.9 million in fiscal year 2021 for the Ground Based Air Defense line item. The future years defense program projects the Marines seeking 236.8 million in FY-22 and $238.6 million in FY-23 for GBAD.

"With the proliferation of both military and commercial [Unmanned Aircraft System] platforms, the program is pursuing and acquiring more lethal and survivable GBAD Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) platforms; such as JLTV's with armored protection and better maneuverability than a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), providing increased Counter-UAS capabilities now and continually spiraling out increasing capability for the foreseeable future," the budget documents read.

Responses to the RFI are due by April 10.