DVIDS – News – NIWC Atlantic Rapidly Developing New Air Defense System for Marines
CHARLESTON, SC — In nine months, engineers at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic have harnessed a range of resources to build the blueprint for a critical air defense capability that will make Marines more dominant on the battlefield.
Called Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) Increment (Inc) 1.0, the system was introduced to several Marine Corps stakeholders Feb. 1, including Maj. Gen. Eric Austin, director of the Capability Development Directorate of the development and combat integration Marine Corps Headquarters.
Austin received several high-level briefings before joining a tour of NIWC Atlantic facilities focused on the results of MADIS’ latest build.
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to this team, people I don’t look in the eye and thank very often,” Austin told members of NIWC Atlantic’s Land Systems Integration (LSI) Division. “This organization has an incredible pedigree, with an incredible innovation ecosystem, and it’s really obvious that you are held in high regard.”
Since last May, LSI engineers have begun designing and building engineering development models (EDMs) to make MADIS components and systems compatible with the Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).
The latest MADIS weapons system will enable next-generation Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Battalion Marine machine gunners to dominate the battlespace in line of sight by detecting, identifying and neutralizing airborne threats. The system uses wireless command and control (C2) and 360-degree radar capabilities to counter everything from unmanned aerial vehicles to rotary and fixed-wing aircraft to turret-launched Stinger missiles, heavy guns and multifunctional electronic warfare.
“MADIS Inc 1.0’s high-powered electronic and tactical technologies will provide a much-needed advantage to LAAD Marines conducting fire and maneuver missions in the weapons engagement zone,” said Ryan Price, who leads the LSI division at Command Expeditionary Warfare Department.
MADIS is a registration program of the Program Executive Officer Land Systems (PEO LS). After another version of MADIS went live on smaller vehicles last year, PEO LS commissioned NIWC Atlantic to develop variants for the JLTV.
Cost constraints and vehicle space restrictions were two major early concerns. Mechanical engineers accelerated development by designing specialized mounts for the two major ranged weapon systems. They then took these prototype drawings to the waterjet cutting bed at NIWC Atlantic’s on-demand fabrication (ODM) lab, an industrial machine capable of cutting four-inch-thick titanium.
“As the primary MADIS systems integrator for the Marine Corps, we knew we had to move quickly to not only develop an exceptional product, but also to implement unique efficiencies,” said Tim Hughes, Chief team for the support of counter-threat platforms of the LSI division. “The 3D printer mounting solution is just one of many great examples of the experience and technical acumen that this team brought to get the job done.
“I’m really proud of what they’ve accomplished in such a short time,” he added. “They tapped into multiple resources within the division and outside the department to essentially build a team from scratch,” he added.
The MADIS Inc 1.0 models will undergo integrated testing and evaluation later this year before any final US Marine Corps procurement and commissioning decisions are made.
NIWC Atlantic Executive Director Peter C. Reddy, who led the Marine stakeholder tour around the base last week, noted that strong air defense and C2 capabilities will help Marines meet the vision. of the Commander for Force Design 2030, which includes competing and winning in expeditionary forward base operations. (EABO).
With this in mind, Reddy said the MADIS team overcame many challenges and accomplished the first phase of the important work admirably with efficiency and a great sense of duty.
“These men and women, some of whom are former Marines themselves, understand the importance of integrated, better connected and highly effective weapon systems that can prevail in a contested EABO-type environment,” he said. he declares. “I am proud of this team, the division, the department and our highest command. What they have accomplished together is simply astounding.
About NIWC Atlantic
As part of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to naval, joint, and national warfighters through the acquisition, development, integration, production, testing, deployment and maintenance of interoperable command, control, communication, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities .
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