New Road-Mobile SHORAD System Tested

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On October 6, a senior Raytheon official announced the successful intercept of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) by a Stinger missile mounted on a Stryker combat vehicle during a SHORAD demonstration at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Attempting to fill the Army’s capability gap in Europe for mobile short range air defenses (SHORAD), the company adapted the air-to-air Stinger launcher used on AH-64 Apache attack helicopters for the Stryker’s Common Remote Weapon Station (CROWS). Israel’s Iron Dome platform and another mobile Stryker design jointly presented by Boeing and General Dynamics were also tested. A decision on future plans for the SHORAD mission is expected early next January or February, after the service reviews its five-year budget plan.