Accelerated Improved Interceptor Initiative (AI3) is being developed to provide a new level of protection to warfighters by detecting and destroying rockets in flight and other threats such as mortars, unmanned aircraft systems and cruise missiles.
AI3 is designed to be a cost-saving solution that leverages existing government equipment and integrates with existing command and control systems already in use by the US Army.
Raytheon teamed with the US Army to design and build the new AI3 interceptor missile during a 19-month development and demonstration program, and serves as the integrator for the AI3 Battle Element system, which includes:
The Raytheon AI3 interceptor missile (a variant of AIM-9M)
- KRFS fire control radar
- Raytheon AI3 interceptor, an AIM-9 variant
- A modified Avenger launcher
- Counter Rockets Artillery Mortar (C-RAM) command and control system
Countering Urgent Threats
Rockets, artillery and mortars are a constant and growing threat to warfighters at forward operating bases. AI3 is designed to protect them by intercepting rockets and other threats in flight – before they cause harm. The Army’s urgent need required an accelerated timeline for the development of AI3:
- February 2012 - Raytheon was awarded the initial AI3 contract
- Spring/Summer 2013 - The first successful control and guided tests were successfully conducted
- The system defeated both a low-quadrant elevation 107mm rocket, and an unmanned aerial system during guided flight testing
AI3 development has stayed on-time and on-budget, meeting the Army’s cost requirements to provide an affordable C-RAM solution for the warfighter, and will culminate in a live-fire demonstration in 2013.