The US Army has begun the initial operational testing of its integrated air and missile defense system to identify how it functions in a realistic operational environment.
As part of the testing, the service will collect data from the system and submit a comprehensive report to US Army leaders.
It will also test new equipment that can link Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense System (AIAMD) sensors with shooters on the battlefield.
“AIAMD’s sensors integrate weapons and a common mission command capability across an integrated fire control network to provide a high-fidelity Single Integrated Air Picture,” Air and Missile Defense Test Directorate chief Maj. Peter Lawall said.
The army’s initial operational testing involves software modeling and simulation, live air battles with simulated air threats, and missile flight tests using actual missiles and targets.
All data gathered from the test will help determine the capabilities and limitations of the AIAMD.
‘Crucial to Modernization’
Lawall pointed out that recent advancements in adversary air and missile threats prompted the US Army to modernize its air defense capabilities.
Patriot Fire Control operator Spc. Diane Choi said that as enemy forces continue to upgrade their weapon systems, “the need to modernize grows.”
“The AIAMD will change the way air and missile defense formations fight,” AMDTD director Col. William Dowling said. “This system is crucial to AMD modernization and a significant step in getting the right equipment into the hands of the soldiers.”
After the initial operational tests, the AIAMDS is expected to reach Initial Operational Capability and enter full-rate production by the end of the year.