by Geoff Ziezulewicz
White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) May 13, 2016
The U.S. Army successfully fired a Tamir missile from its newest launch platform April 14 at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
The missile successfully destroyed a drone as part of an engineering demonstration of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept system.
The system features a truck-mounted Multi-Mission Launcher that fires a variety of interceptor missiles depending on the threat.
The Tamir was originally intended as an interceptor for countering rockets, artillery and mortars, according to the Army, and is also used in Israel's Iron Dome Weapon System.
Longbow Hellfire, AIM-9X Sidewinder and Miniature-Hit-to-Kill missiles were also fired during the engineering demonstration.
The IFPC Inc 2-l system is to integrate into the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense System, or AIAMD, offering a plug-and-fight capability.
"If you go back and take a look at what has happened in terms of the threat over the last couple years you'll find that UAS systems and cruise missiles have really become a problem," Col. Terrence Howard, program manager for Cruise Missile Defense Systems, said last month. "So we've got to introduce materiel solutions that can address multiple threats."
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