Raytheon pairs with U.S. Army, completes AI3 live-fire demo

WASHINGTON. Raytheon has teamed up with the U.S. Army and completed the live-fire demonstration phase of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative (AI3) program from September 16-30 at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. During the tests, the AI3 system destroyed 22 of 24 threats. The AI3 is designed to enhance protection for warfighters by intercepting rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in flight.

The AI3 Battle Element includes the Artillery and Mortars command and control that is operated virtually on the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System server stack, the Avenger-based AI3 launcher with technical fire control, the Ku Radio Frequency System (KRFS) fire control radar, and the AI3 missile.

"Our warfighters deserve rapid solutions to today's threats, and thanks to an innovative partnership with the U.S. Army, we have developed and successfully demonstrated AI3's full capability within 19 months," says Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, VP of Raytheon Missile Systems' Advanced Missile Systems product line.

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