The U.S. Marine Corps wants to make a decision on testing and fielding its anti-droneÂ Marine Air Defense Integrated System by the end of the year, USNI News reported Monday.
MADIS is a platform designed to detectÂ and neutralizeÂ drones from adversaries by integratingÂ radars, optics, jammers and passive detection sensors. The system isÂ set to have a âkinetic kill optionâ potentially through the installation of a small drone intended to combat other small drones. The Marine Corps isÂ considering a version of MADIS capable ofÂ integratingÂ with joint light tactical vehicles to provide mobile anti-drone defense.
Don Kelley, a program manager working under USMCâs program executive office for land systems, said the serviceâs âsystems-of-systemsâ approach for MADIS willÂ accelerate testing operations by incorporating the previous evaluation of its components. The strategy will let the PEO develop multiple MADIS variants to handle threats that will emerge over time.
The programÂ office isÂ working with the Marine Corps and the Department of Defense testing community to accelerateÂ assessment activities for MADIS.