US Marines with 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion tested the Marine Corps’ newest ground-based air-defense system, the Light Marine Air-Defense Integrated System, last month.
The LMADIS uses electronic weapons on a light and compact frame, the Polaris MRZR, which allows the LMADIS to deploy to austere environments via air transport. It provides 2nd LAAD and the Marine Corps with the capability to deter and neutralize unmanned aircraft systems.
The rising use of commercial off-the-shelf drones for offensive warfare means the Marine Corps must make adjustments to their ground-based air-defense capabilities. The LMADIS helps mitigate threats by disrupting the electronic signals between the UAS and its controller.
“With the constant evolving of commercial drones, the one thing that won’t change is the required frequencies used to pilot any drone,” said US Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Dustin Yonkings. “The difference is the expeditionary aspect of it being able to be loaded on aircraft used for a wide set of missions … [such as] CH-53E Super Stallions, CH-53K King Stallions, and MV-22B Ospreys. Due to the current drone threat, we need an expeditionary system that will combat it. The LMADIS serves as a system that can be deployed at a moment’s notice and attach to units that need counter-UAS capabilities,” said Yonkings.