The United States Marine Corps (USMC) Ground Based Air Defense Program Manager (PM) has filed a Medium Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) Systems Procurement Notice of Intent on The intended procurement includes almost 2,000 Tamir missiles.

The GBAD PM oversees several critical responsibilities. These include the maintenance of the Advanced Man Portable Air Defense System (A-MANPADS) and the planning, implementation, and continuous support of the Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) Family of Systems (FoS). This encompassing responsibility also involves the development, deployment, and long-term support of components such as Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) and MRIC.

The MRIC system is set to be positioned at established and operational fixed locations within the designated Area of Operations (AO). This strategic deployment equips the Marine Expeditionary Force with an extensive air defense shield capable of detecting, tracking, identifying, and countering potential threats like enemy cruise missiles, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and other aerial adversaries that have been identified.

Leveraging the existing surveillance radar and communication resources within the AO, the MRIC system aims to augment the recognition and categorization of threats, ultimately enhancing overall situational awareness. Furthermore, seamless interoperability with other air and missile defense systems in the theater ensures a multi-layered approach to safeguarding against aerial risks, reinforcing a comprehensive defense-in-depth posture.

The PM GBAD intends to procure, integrate, test, and field:

  • Up to 80 Tamir missiles to support the initial MRIC Prototype deployment
  • Three Batteries of MRIC systems consisting of 1,840 Tamir missiles, 44 Expeditionary launchers integrated with Iron Dome Missile Firing Unit Launch Control Electronics (LCE), 11 mini-Battle Management and Control (mBMC) systems with Uplinks compatible with the LCE and integrated with expeditionary Command and Control (C2) (i.e., the Processing and Display Subsystem (PDS) from the USMC Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S).
  • Logistics and technical support.

Updated Publishing Date:  Aug 24, 2023 12:30 pm EDT

Updated Response Date:  Sep 08, 2023 04:00 pm EDT

Please visit MRIC Systems (Previously Tamir Missile) Procurement Notice of Intent on for more information.

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Post Image- Iron Dome’s Tamir Missile (Image Credit: Raytheon)