Leidos subsidiary Dynetics has received a contract to manufacture its mobile ground-based weapon system, Enduring Shield, designed to counter cruise missile (CM) and uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) threats.

The 2.5-year contract was awarded for the Enduring Indirect Fires Protection Capability (IFPC) by the US Army Program Executive Office (PEO) Missiles and Space.

Dynetics will develop and deliver 16 field-able launcher prototypes, 60 interceptors and related all-up round magazines (AUR-M) for the IFPC effort.

With an estimated value of $237m, the contract includes an option for follow-on production of 400 launchers with related interceptors.

Dynetics Weapons Technology and Manufacturing senior vice-president Ronnie Chronister said: “Dynetics looks forward to delivering this next-generation solution to meet the army’s needs now and in the future.

“We’re ready to tackle this urgent schedule, supporting the safety of our soldiers with this integrated air and missile defence capability.”

Raytheon and Dynetics worked together and leveraged their respective expertise from previous programmes to provide the US Army with a weapon system solution.

Dynetics offered its platform along with the Raytheon Missiles & Defense-manufactured AIM-9X Sidewinder interceptor and environmentally sealed AUR-M.

Enduring Shield system is designed to provide a 360° air defence and can simultaneously engage several targets.

Designed and manufactured in the US, Dynetics’s Enduring Shield launcher provides an open-system architecture that allows full integration with the US Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).

Dynetics said it would conduct components manufacturing, assembly and system integration in Huntsville, Alabama, US.

The company will deliver four units next year and the remaining 12 launcher units by the end of 2023.

In July, Dynetics concluded testing the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s (USASMDC) Lonestar tactical space support payloads.