Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the U.S. Army’s Capabilities Integration Center director, is shifting its priority to cross-domain fires and artillery batteries to be able to perform surface-to-surface, surface-to-air and shore-to-ship missions, Defense News reported Tuesday.
McMaster said the Army currently emphasizes on a multi-domain battle concept in a move to help the service defeat enemy forces, Jen Judson reports.
McMaster told reporters ahead of the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference that the branch wants capabilities to deny enemy forces the opportunity to use terrain advantages, integrate military gains and project power from land to aerospace, maritime or cyberspace domains, according to the report.
Dan O’Boyle, an Army spokesman, told the publication the Army selected Lockheed Martin and Raytheon in August to conduct studies on systems and component-level requirements and also examine alternative technical systems.
He said the Army plans to award two contracts for development and testing work on missile design and prototypes in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, the report says.
O’Boyle added that an Extended Range Missile Technology Demonstration is scheduled in the fall to assess potential LRPF technologies and the branch expects General Dynamics, Orbital ATK and Raytheon to participate.