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Indirect Fires Protection Capability (IFPC)
« on: August 13, 2019, 12:53:17 AM »
https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/smd/2019/08/07/the-armys-indirect-fires-protection-system-is-getting-a-high-power-microwave/

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Soon to come to the Army: A high-power microwave to take out drone swarms

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The U.S. Army plans to field a high-power microwave capability to destroy drone swarms as part of its Indirect Fires Protection Capability system under development.

Through the Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, the service is looking to field the capability to a unit by 2024 with a demonstration planned in 2022, the RCCTO director said Aug. 7 at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium.

RCCTO’s job is to serve as a bridge between the science and technology community and the program executive offices, helping bring technology out of development and into soldiers’ hands, first on a small scale and then a larger scale when passed off to program offices. The RCCTO is primarily focused on hypersonics and directed-energy weapons.

The Indirect Fires Protection Capability, or IFPC, system is being developed to counter rockets, artillery and mortars, as well as cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft systems; the means to do that would be through a system featuring multiple types of missiles and also a laser capability to neutralize threats. Adding lasers to the mix means decreasing the number of expensive shots that would be taken against inexpensive weapons.

The Army is working to initially field a 100-kilowatt laser capability on a Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles as part of the IFPC program, with a plan to demonstrate the capability in 2022 and then field prototypes to a unit. The RCCTO is also looking into fielding more powerful lasers for the IFPC mission — between 250 and 300 kilowatts.

But the service recognizes it might be easier to disrupt the flight of multiple drones at once rather than try to individually destroy each one with a laser.

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Re: Indirect Fires Protection Capability (IFPC)
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 12:54:06 AM »
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The Army successfully fired a Miniature Hit-to-Kill missile on April 4, 2016, as part of an engineering demonstration of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept. (Michael Smith/Army)