In a recent flight demonstration, the United States Army’s Enduring Shield air defense system marked a significant achievement by successfully launching an experimental AIM-9X missile interceptor.

Developed by Leidos, the system employed a simulated Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) interface, acting as the new command-and-control system for this groundbreaking capability.

The live-fire test validated the system’s pivotal functions, showcasing its ability to deploy a missile interceptor precisely to a designated target location.

This achievement was hailed by Larry Barisciano, the company’s operations manager, as a significant milestone, positioning the prototypes for upcoming government testing and affirming readiness for deployment in critical defense operations.

“This is a major milestone for our team to cross,” said Barisciano in a press statement.

Development Program and Testing Phases

Following the flight demonstration, the US Army anticipates receiving 12 launchers to initiate the developmental test program scheduled to commence in January 2024.

An operational assessment is slated for the same year, utilizing data gleaned from the recent demonstration and subsequent 2024 testing to further enhance the system’s robustness and efficacy.

Barisciano expressed confidence and enthusiasm about advancing to the next phase, underscoring the collaborative efforts with the US Army to fortify the nation’s defense capabilities.