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The US Army has banned the firing of Hellfire missiles from M-SHORADE installations: what is the reason

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun18,2024

The US Army banned the firing of Hellfire missiles from M-SHORADE installations: what is the reason

As the US Army explained, Hellfire was not created as a ground weapon, so it is dangerous to use it.

The Longbow Hellfire missile launcher, which is on the M-SHORAD system, is planned to be replaced, because its use is impossible. This reports Breaking Defense.

The use of Hellfire missiles is currently impossible with M-SHORAD based on the Stryker armored personnel carrier, several military personnel said during the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris.

“We will not use Hellfire”, — said one of the soldiers from the German air defense unit, which has six M-SHORADs in its arsenal.

The reason for the ban — guidance of the US Army. They cannot be aimed at aerial objects. The use of the M-SHORAD is prohibited, US Army acquisition chief Doug Bush confirmed. The Hellfire is not designed to be land-based.

“Reason? After the M-SHORAD was approved for production, the service discovered that placing a high-tech weapon on the side of the vehicle caused wear on the missile, leading to 'potential' safety issues” , — said Bush.

The publication notes that the announcement of the ban on use is news, but the very fact of replacing the Hellfire with other weapons — No. It is planned to equip M-SHORAD with Stinger complexes. One machine will have eight missiles. However, that's not all, because within the scope of the Increment 3 program, it is planned to replace the Stinger with a new development. Lockheed Martin and RTX are competing for the right to create a replacement.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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