US Marines successfully test air defense prototype with Iron Dome parts


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US Marines successfully test air defense prototype with Iron Dome parts
The MRIC prototype is one of the systems developed to address an emerging capability gap for the USMC and uses Israeli missile defense components.
Published: JULY 18, 2022

The US Marine Corps carried out a series of tests using its Medium-Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) prototype with components from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. The MRIC uses the Corps’ Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) and Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) and incorporates the Iron Dome’s Tamir interceptor and launcher “to create an air defense system tailored to existing USMC assets and expeditionary requirements,” read a statement by Israel’s Defense Ministry.

During the live-fire tests at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on June 30, the prototype tracked each target and passed them through the CAC2S to the Iron Dome components. MRIC successfully hit several simultaneously launched cruise missile representative targets from different directions and at different trajectories. “At its peak, numerous in-air targets, each with its own unique flight trajectory and velocity, surrounded the MRIC prototype. Upon firing, MRIC successfully hit each target using the Tamir missile,” read a statement released by the Marine Corps.