General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) was awarded a $1.2 billion contract by the U.S. Army to produce, test and deliver Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems.
The initial order on the contract calls for 28 Stryker IM-SHORAD vehicles for $230 million. The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Redstone Arsenal (RSA), Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-20-D-0039).
Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2025. GD Land Systems has production locations in Tallahassee, Florida; Scranton, Pennsylvania; London, Ontario; Lima, Ohio; and Anniston, Alabama.
“General Dynamics and our teammates Leonardo DRS and Raytheon are pleased to be able to partner with the Army to bring this powerful capability to U.S. Soldiers,” said Don Kotchman, Vice President and General Manager of GD Land Systems. “This dedicated SHORAD capability adds a new operational dimension to the Stryker fleet in all of the Army’s maneuver formations.”
Mounted on a Stryker A1 platform, the IM-SHORAD system will provide Soldiers with 360 degrees of air-defense protection through a mix of guns, missiles, rockets, and onboard sensors. GDLS — which produces the Stryker — is the platform integrator for the IM-SHORAD program, with a mission equipment package provided by Leonardo DRS.
The mission system, developed by Leonardo DRS’s Land Systems business unit, integrates mature technologies from industry teammates and partners, including Moog’s Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP), Raytheon’s Stinger missiles and Rada’s Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR).
Leonardo claims that the unique RIwP turret supports multiple weapon configurations to give tactical commanders flexibility in various combat scenarios. The IM-SHORAD solution provides both hard and soft kill capabilities to the warfighter while minimizing impacts on the mobility of the Stryker, the company says.
The Leonardo DRS system, when integrated on the GDLS’ Stryker A1 platform, will provide Army’s maneuver Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) with a full “detect-identify-track-defeat” capability required to defeat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS), rotary-wing and fixed-wing threats.
The developmental testing of the IM-SHORAD system was initially planned to be completed in June. However, the coronavirus outbreak and challenges with the software development process have forced the Army to delay its next testing milestone.
The U.S. Army will spread 144 systems throughout four battalions during the initial acquisition phase by the second quarter of fiscal year 2023.