On Monday, the US Marine Corps completed the live-fire test of its latest air defense prototype at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The prototype was designed to counter destructive projectiles.
The Medium-Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) prototype, an air defense system adapted from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, hit the representative cruise missile targets that the Marine set simultaneously. This event is a step up from the previous testing in December, where multiple targets were launched in sequence.
In a statement, the Marine Corps said that “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 missiles.”
Aside from assessing its intercepting capabilities, the recent live-fire test was also designed to evaluate “the primary subsystems’ integrations and the system’s overall capability to provide critical information to senior Marine Corps leadership as they decide the path forward for the MRIC prototype.”