The US Army’s self-built Multi-Mission Launcher successfully defeated a cruise missile target and an unmanned aircraft system using an AIM-9X missile at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the service announced Thursday.

The test against the cruise missile was conducted on April 1 and the test against the UAS occurred on March 29 as part of an engineering demonstration of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I).

The IFPC Inc. 2-I is intended to defeat UAS, cruise missiles, rockets, artillery and mortars.

The Army also fired a Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) missile from the MML on April 4.The MHTK has no warhead but defeats rockets, artillery and mortars with kinetic energy in a direct hit, the service said in a statement.

The MML is being developed internal to the Army and represents the first development of a major program by the government industrial base in more than 30 years, the service has said.

The launcher is also able to fire Raytheon’s Stinger missiles and Lockheed Martin’s Longbow Hellfire missiles, but other missiles will be tested to prove its flexibility.

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