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Video: Networked Army Radar Destroys 2 Maneuvering Cruise Missiles

byKris Osborn

The U.S. military recently conducted a live-fire target “intercept” of a mock enemy cruise missile with a Patriot missile. The missile defense demonstration resulted in a sizable explosion, as the cruise missile was hit and destroyed while flying over the desert at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

“We had success… 2 for 2,” Army Future Command Commander General John Murray told reporters following the intercept, before continuing to explain that the test used “multiple sensors, multiple shooters and a command and control system that identified the threat and passed the track to the right shooter.”

These successful hits had been years in the making, marking a milestone in new applications of multi-domain, networked air and missile defense. The live-fire test took place as part of a Limited User Test for the Army’s emerging Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), a “meshed’’ network of otherwise disparate or separate sensor “nodes” now able to quickly feed target data into a single system. 

IBCS, Murray often explains, is grounded in this premise of connectivity between multiple radar systems, air defense sensors and “shooters” (interceptor weapons) able to receive the target track and take out a threat.

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-- Kris Osborn is the Managing Editor of Warrior Maven and The Defense Editor of The National Interest --

Kris Osborn is the new Defense Editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics& Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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