Dynetics Beats Iron Dome For $237M U.S. Army Deal
Dynetics’ Enduring Shield system officially beat out a variant of Israeli’s famous Iron Dome capability for a new US Army contract, the first such win for the Leidos subsidiary’s new system, Andrew Eversden reported for Breaking Defense.
Photo Insert: The two competing systems participated in a shootout at the White Sands test range earlier this summer.
The $237 million contract to develop a cruise missile interceptor for the Army’s Indirect Fires Protection Capability was announced late on Sept. 24. Dynetics will deliver 16 launcher prototypes, 60 fieldable interceptor prototypes, and all-up-round magazines under the two-and-a-half-year contract.
The company beat out a Rafael and Raytheon partnership that used an upgraded version of Iron Dome, the Israeli system that defends against incoming rockets. The two systems participated in a shootout at the White Sands test range earlier this summer.
The first battery of prototype launchers — which includes 12 launchers — will be available by the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2023, according to Maj. Gen. Robert Rasch, the leader of Program Executive Office Missiles and Space.
“We’re getting 16 total because some of those will become test assets [and] some of them through our testing will potentially be destroyed as we’re conducting survivability activities,” Rasch said.
“Dynetics looks forward to delivering this next-generation solution to meet the Army’s needs now and in the future,” said Ronnie Chronister, senior vice president of weapons technology and manufacturing at Dynetics.
“We’re ready to tackle this urgent schedule, supporting the safety of our soldiers with this integrated air and missile defense capability.”