Last year, members of the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment – a subordinate unit of the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command based in Germany – traveled to White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, to field the interim maneuver of the US Army Short Range Air Defense System (IM-SHORAD).
The U.S. Army’s 10th Air and Missile Defense Command in Europe announced Friday that its 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery, has officially become the first battalion to test, receive, and field the system M-SHORAD (Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense).
The unit received a total of four M-SHORAD systems earlier this month and, according to the press release, is expected to receive more before the end of the year.
“The M-SHORAD, which integrates existing cannons, missiles, rockets and sensors on a Stryker A1 vehicle, is the Army’s latest addition in a series of modernization efforts,” the statement said. “The system is designed to defend maneuvering forces against unmanned aircraft systems, rotating wings and residual fixed-wing threats.”
The M-SHORAD system was born after 18 crew members of the Air and Missile Defense Command underwent a six-month initial operational assessment with prototype IM-SHORAD system at the White Sands Missile Range.
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The 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (5-4 ADA), 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, is the first Army unit to receive the Mobile Air Defense system in Short Range (M-SHORAD). The M-SHORAD integrates existing guns, missiles, rockets and sensors on a Stryker A1 vehicle. The system is designed to defend maneuvering forces from unmanned aircraft systems, rotary wing and fixed wing residual threats.
Sgt. Andrew Veres, an air and missile defense crew member who managed the M-SHORAD system, touted the system as a key piece of equipment with improved survivability, mobility, reliability and off-road capability.
The Army plans to deploy the M-SHORAD system with up to four additional battalions of the Air and Missile Defense Command by the end of the year.
The service also intends to implement kinetic and direct energy interception systems that would allow, in part, the system to improve its missile capabilities.
Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Brady, commander of the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, described the M-SHORAD system as a “testament” to the US military’s commitment to increase both air and defense capabilities among allies. of NATO.
“Our adversaries have invested heavily from their indirect fire to their strategic missile assets, necessitating the modernization of our air and missile defense capabilities,” he added.
Following the September 2019 drone attack on two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Department of Defense recognized the need for drones and short-range air defense systems. As a result, the DoD set out to develop “three to five” defense systems, including the IM-SHORAD system.