Ground Based Air Defense


Program Manager Ground Based Air Defense (PM GBAD) gives the Marine Corps a capability to counter the UAV threat efficiently, sustainably and organically with austere expeditionary forces. The Marine Corps’ organic GBAD capabilities are centered on the Low-Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Battalions of Marine Air Wings (MAW). GBAD employed in a counter UAV role is just the beginning of its use and opens myriad other possibilities for future expeditionary forces. 


Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD)

A-MANPADS provides close-in, low altitude, surface-to-air fires, and command and control in defense of the MAGTF vital areas. A-MANPADS consists of a Fire Unit Vehicle (FUV), Section Leader Vehicle (SLV) and the Stinger missile as the primary weapon system. The FUV is the mobile firing component of the GBAD system, with the capability to transport Stinger missiles and possessing a turret-mounted M-240B/M2 machine-gun. The SLV is the C2 component. Both the FUV and SLV will transition to the JLTV platform. 

Marine Air Defense Integrated Future Weapons System (MADIS/FWS)

Ground-based air defense future weapons system is designed to modernize Low Altitude Air Defense Battalions (LAAD Bn), by providing increased capability and lethality to meet evolving and future threats. MADIS will consist of two variants. The MADIS Mk1 includes a turret-launched Stinger missile, multi-functional EW capability, direct fire weapon, Electro Optical Infra-Red (EO/IR) optic, and a shoulder-fired Stinger missile for dismounted operations. The MADIS Mk2 (C-UAS variant) includes a multi-function EW capability, 360-degree radar, direct fire weapon, EO/IR optic, and supporting C2 communications suite. The Mk1 and Mk2 form a complementary pair and are the basic building block of the LAAD Battalions’ GBAD capability. 

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