US Army mints deal with Dynetics to build system to counter drones and cruise missiles

A rendering of Dynetics’ Enduring Shield solution for the U.S. Army’s Indirect Fires Protection Capability. While a physical system exists, photographs have not been approved for public release. Image: Dynetics

The U.S. Army has finalized a $247 million contract with Leidos-owned Dynetics to build prototypes for its enduring system to counter both drone and cruise missile threats, confirming the decision Defense News broke last month.

Dynetics will deliver 16 launchers, 60 interceptors and associated all-up-round magazines to the Army over a performance period ending March 31, 2024, according to Army leaders in charge of the effort.

By the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, Dynetics will make 12 launchers available to the Army, Maj. Gen. Robert Rasch, the service’s program executive officer for missiles and space, told a group of reporters in a Sept. 24 briefing.

The service intends for the Indirect Fires Protection Capability, or IFPC, system to protect critical fixed- or semi-fixed assets and to be a more mobile solution than one that would suffice at a forward operating base.

The deal comes after the service held a shoot-off that pitted Dynetics against a Rafael and Raytheon Technologies team. Read more from Jen Judson, DefenseNews

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