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Army Plans to Launch Integrated Fires Test Campaign to Field New Capabilities; Maj. Gen. Robert Rasch Quoted

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The U.S. Army is planning to conduct its first-ever integrated fires test campaign in fiscal year 2023 to advance the deployment of new warfighting capabilities to the battlefield, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday.

Speaking at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, Maj. Gen. Robert Rasch, program executive officer for missiles and space of the Army, said the service branch is looking to integrate sensor technologies that can support weapon systems like the Army Tactical Missile System, the Precision Guided Munition and the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.

The Army’s Project Convergence 2021 exercise held at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona has showcased the effectiveness of integrating sensors with shooters to achieve both offensive and defensive fires missions.

The Project Convergence, also known as the campaign of learning, informs the Army of what capabilities work to meet the service branch’s mission needs, Rasch.

According to Rasch, his office plans to take ideas from the project and tests them as part of the integrated fires test campaign.

“We’re going to get an opportunity to bring these things out on the range that maybe were not initially designed or thought [were] being designed to work together, but actually have them out on the range and either demonstrate, if it’s early, or operationally test, if it is ready to get to materiel release for new capabilities,” Rasch said.

The Army demonstrated 110 new technologies meant to support joint all-domain command and control as part of the second year of Project Convergence, which took place between October and November.