Raytheon and the U.S. ArmyÂ haveÂ demonstrated theÂ features of theÂ Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative missileÂ duringÂ aÂ Black Dart military exercise, where the missile intercepted an unmanned aerial system and a cruise missile.
The company said ThursdayÂ the AI3 missile features a “semi-active” seeker and radar system to detect targetsÂ and will be used to support the Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Block 1 weapon system.
“Black Dart was the idealÂ venue for us to demonstrate AI3’s expanded capabilities,” said ThomasÂ Bussing, vice president of Raytheon’s advanced missile systems business.
He noted that the missile works toÂ integrate with Army systemsÂ andÂ complement IFPC Block 1.
The ground-basedÂ IFPC system is designed to destroy targets such as rockets, mortars, artillery, cruise missiles and UAS, Raytheon said.