U.S. Air Force, Army air defenders demonstrate enhanced air, missile defense system

In the world of air and missile defense, the further away a possible threat can be accurately detected and rapidly identified, the more time decision makers will have to respond.

With that in mind, Air Forces Northern teamed up with the 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command from Anderson, South Carolina, and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation and Missile Center from Huntsville, Alabama, to conduct a Deployable Integrated Air Defense System, or D-IADS, Technology Demonstration featuring enhanced capabilities, Sept. 12-23, at Tyndall Air Force Base. 

“The D-IADS tech demo was an opportunity to get after multiple technical goals relevant to U.S. Continental NORAD Region‘s homeland defense mission, to include combat identification, tactics development, and deployment of the complete D-IADS package,” said Maj. Zachary Darnell, First Air Force Strategic Programs Division chief. “Additionally, it provided a great opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Army air and missile defense partners.”

The demonstration was conducted to validate the system’s deployment procedures and to validate an advanced electronic identification capability, known as Joint Multi-platform Advanced Combat, or JMAC, identification into NORAD’s D-IADS. JMAC is designed to increase battlespace awareness by enhancing threat identification and therefore providing leaders more decision time.

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