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GROUND BASED AIR DEFENSE–TRANSFORMATION

Description

Ground Based Air Defense-Transformation is the Marine Corps’ only persistent air defense capability defending the Marine Air Ground Task Force against low altitude aerial threats . Ground Based Air Defense- Transformation consists of the Stinger Missile and Advanced Man Portable Air Defense (A- MANPADS) platform organic to the Low Altitude Air Defense Battalions with the Improved Moving Target System completing the portfolio of assets. Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Battalions support each Marine Expeditionary Unit with one LAAD Section equipped with one Section Leader Vehicle and five M1114 Fire Unit Vehicles. This task organization enables the commander to extend the Sea Shield defense by augmenting Naval air defense systems from the littorals and to forward deploy forces to defend maneuver forces in theaters of increasing instability and conflict. Ground Based Air Defense-Transformation focuses on defeating emerging Low Observable, Low Radar Cross Section air threats by replacing current systems with more capable and advanced systems in defense of the Marine Air Ground Task Force and Expeditionary Strike Group.

Operational Impact

Ground Based Air Defense-Transformation program of record is the Marine Corps’ only organic capability to defend against the emerging UAS threat and persistent aerial threats such as rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft and cruise missiles. The Joint Range Extension Application Protocol greatly enhances the LAAD Battalion by providing a recognizable air picture for early warning and cueing to LAAD Teams distributed across the battlefield in defense of Marine Air Ground Task Force High Value Assets.

Program Status

A-MANPADS INC1 Legacy

Milestone C 15 July 2011
IOC 1QFY12
FOC 2QFY13

M1114 A-MANPADS INC1 Fire Unit Vehicle Upgrade

Fielding Decision 20 Oct 2017
IOC 1QFY18
FOC 2QFY19

Procurement Profile:

FY 2018 Quantity: 143

Developer/Manufacturer:

NSWC Crane, Indiana (Integrator)