Oklahoma Defense Industry Association Board Member, Dynetics, unveiled their Enduring Shield system as a solution to the Army’s effort to find an air defense capability to counter the cruise missile.
During the interim, the Army is using the Iron Dome system as a cruise missile defense capability. The Army issued a solicitation initiating a prototyping process to field the new system, which has included weeks of demonstrations and a recent shoot-off.
The Army is expected to follow through with the prototyping process by down selecting a new air defense system in the fourth quarter of 2021.
If Dynetcis is selected, Dynetics and Raytheon will integrate Enduring Shield at the Fires Innovation Science and Technology Accelerator (FISTA) in Lawton Fort Sill, Oklahoma (LFS). The presence of this operation in the FISTA, one of ODIA’s, Founding Members, is very significant for Lawton Ft. Sill and Oklahoma. First, it ensures that the Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Cross Functional Team (CFT) located at Ft. Sill will be able to take part in the integration of this very important capability on a daily basis. This ensures that the contractor gets the product right the first time. Secondly, it will play a major role in growing R&D and S&T outside the gates of of Ft. Sill, home of the Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE). Initial operation of this facility will quickly grow to 50 high tech jobs. This operation will bring much needed engineers and scientists to LFS. It will ensure the full cycle of STEM education in preparation for a local, high-tech job.