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Leidos Enduring Shield System reaches milestone with successful test

HUNTSVILLE — A milestone was reached today with a national missile defense system.

Huntsville-based Leidos Dynetics said a Risk Reduction Flight Demonstration of its Enduring Shield Weapon System was a success. The system is a ground-based, mobile system to protect against cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft systems.

“This is a major milestone for our team to cross,” said Larry Barisciano, Weapon Systems Operations Manager for the Leidos Dynetics team. “Being able to say these prototypes are ready for government testing by succeeding at this demonstration is a huge win for us as well as our warfighters.

“We’re ready to move to the next phase with more confidence and excitement for our future work with our U.S. Army customer.”

The next phase in the Department of Defense’s layered defense strategy will begin next month with operational assessment planned for later in the year, Leidos Dynetics said in a news release. Data collected from RRFD and the 2024 testing will be used to improve the next set of launchers Leidos is contracted to produce.

Enduring Shield is a key part of the solution to protect and defend critical civilian and military infrastructure. It also bridges the gap between tactical short range air defense and strategic systems, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and Patriot systems.

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