The U.S. military has begun to beef up its air defense capabilities as it prepares for a possible future war against near-peer militaries with sophisticated aviation capabilities.
The Army is in the process of modernizing its air-defense units with the MSHORAD, which will feature Stryker combat vehicles armed with Hellfire missiles, a 30mm chain gun, a 7.62 machine gun and four Stinger missiles.
The Army is also working on equipping a platoon of four Stryker vehicles with 50 kilowatt-class laser weapons that are capable of engaging drones and combat aircraft, as well as rockets, artillery and mortars in fiscal 2022. The new laser systems can be dialed up or down, depending on the amount of energy the operator wants to put on the target.
Autocannon with externally powered action and ammunition feeding mechanism.
Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense.
MSHORAD can be integrated onto almost any vehicle platform.