Trust Automation has received a contract to assist the US Army in the design and development of the multi-mission launcher (MML) in support of the indirect fire protection capability (IFPC) programme.

Under the contract, the company is developing an elevation controller system for the MML, which will be designed to provide accurate electronic control.

The controller interfaces with a heavy duty electro-mechanical actuation system to provide motion control to the MML elevation axis.

The system leverages digital signal processing (DSP) technology and complex proprietary algorithms to allow for synchronous control for the dual actuation system needed to raise and lower the MML pallet.

Trust Automation Defense Industry business development vice-president Craig Von Ilten said: "These platforms remain critically important to our national defence and provide the critical resources required by our armed services."

Primarily developed by the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), the MML is a truck based system, capable of holding 15 launch tubes that can be fired simultaneously at numerous different threats.

"These platforms remain critically important to our national defence."

The system can be fixed or semi-fixed, and would be designed to launch a variety of interceptors to offer 360° protection against unmanned aircraft, cruise missiles, artillery, mortars, and rockets.

The next generation air defence launcher is scheduled to enter service with the army in 2019.

The MML Launch Demonstration Unit successfully fired three missiles, including a 9-X air intercept missile, a low cost active seeker and a mini hit-to-kill interceptor, during a demonstration In March this year.

The trial verified the tube integrity and missile stack integration of the MML, keeping the programme on track to conduct an engineering demonstration in March 2016.