The US Marine Corps (USMC) will complete the LMADIS fielding by October 2019, but because of its unique CUAS “gap filler” capability, the LMADIS will continue to be maintained by the USMC for counter drone missions.
The LMADIS, Lightweight Marine Air Defense Integrated System, combines radar technology, optics and an electronic warfare system to detect, identify and defeat hostile sUAS. Branching from the MADIS program, the LMADIS was introduced to fulfil the urgent operational need for a light, versatile CUAS “gap filler”.
“What resulted was the decision to outfit some Polaris MRZR all-terrain vehicles with an Ascent Vision CM202 multi-sensor optical ball, RADA RPS-42 radar, a tablet, and Sierra Nevada Corporation’s dismounted electronic countermeasure system (Modi). The optical ball and radar are then used to detect class I and II UASs. The information is then fed into the tablet where marines slew the camera to determine if it is a friendly or enemy drone. If it is the latter, they use the electronic warfare jammer to break the connection between the pilot and the aircraft.”
Future LMADIS deployments will be determined by USMC commanders.
“Right now, it is up to commanders to determine how to employ LMADIS, be it for protecting moving convoys or using it at the forward operating base.”
Earlier this year, the LMADIS was strapped to the multi-billion dollar, technology-filled, amphibious assault ship – the USS Kearsarge – for CUAS protection during its transits in the Suez Canal. The systems have also been deployed by the U.S. Central Command for undisclosed counter UAV missions.
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