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The US Army Demonstrated Autonomous Launcher Within Pacific Theatre

Jun, 2021

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The concept video illustrates the landing of C-130 transport aircraft in an island on a strip within the Pacific Ocean.

The United Stated Army fired an independent launcher, on June 16, in a demonstration held at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, focusing on ways it could be deployed for taking out the enemy ships along with other systems of defense within multi-domain operations,  in the Indo-Pacific arena.

A concept video illustrates the landing of C-130 transport aircraft in an island on a strip within the Pacific Ocean. In this demonstration, as per the Brig. Gen. John Rafferty, in command of the Army’s effort of long-range precision fires modernization, the Autonomous Multi-domain Launcher (AML) repeated this process and consequently deployed to 2 other islands succeeding the initial scenario.

This mission lasted for 1.25-hour and was headed by soldiers from HIMARS platoon within the 18th Field Artillery Brigade which is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The Army over all fired 7 rockets simulating future range capability of PrSM from approximately 500 km to well above the distance, and this service even demonstrated a rocket capability of shorter-range in 3rd island scenario for reflecting a more strategic fight supporting of corps and divisions. This demonstration displayed the combatants trying it that this autonomous launcher might help them passing off existing activities in operations which are dangerous or which cannot be done with today’s systems.

This effort has roughly cost so far $10 million— amongst which some came from the congressional funding. The Army hasn’t yet decided whether the autonomous launcher would be the future force’s part, however this demonstration marks an opening point. This service was approved for moving forward over a Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration and would partner with the Aviation and Missile Center and Indo-Pacific combatant command and for exploring this capability over early participation and prototyping in robust exercises of operation in theater during the next couple years.

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