A-MANPADS Increment I Fact Sheet
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The Advanced MANPADS Increment I (A-MANPADS Incr I) is a mobile weapons system consisting of computer A-MANPADS Increment I workstations and communications Fact Sheet equipment. A-MANPADS Incr I provides a capability for acquisition and fire- The A-MANPADS Increment I Fire Unit is control for the Marine Air Ground Task a mobile, Stinger missile-based low Force (MAGTF) ground-based air altitude surface-to-air weapons system defense units. designed to provide close-in short range air defense. A-MANPADS Increment I Background: A-MANPADS was fielded assets are organic to the LAAD battalion by the Marine Corps in February 2006, of the Marine Air Control Group (MACG). replacing the Avenger and MANPADS LAAD battalions support the Marine Air “Rack” systems for Ground-Based Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) by defend- Defense. The A-MANPADS provided ing forward combat areas, maneuver Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) forces, vital areas and installations, and Battalions an expeditionary solution for unit engaged in special or independent the execution of the short range air operations. defense and ground security missions. A-MANPADS Increment I will be fielded in FY10. It will act as a JREAP client, providing enhanced communications and air situational awareness, using a Section Leader gateway and an upgraded rugged remoteable laptop with tactical wireless capability. Section Leader Gateway Fire Unit Laptop Description: The Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) battalion consists of a MCTSSA Support: MCTSSA provides headquarters and two A-MANPADS the testing facility and test engineers for Increment I firing batteries. Each firing A-MANPADS Increment I Hardware and battery, in turn, consists of a battery Software. headquarters and two A-MANPADS Increment I firing platoons. Firing Info: Technical support Officer: platoons include a platoon headquarters (760) 725-2538 and three firing sections, the smallest DSN 365-2538 tactical units of the LAAD battalion. Box 555171 The A-MANPADS Increment I Section is Camp Pendleton CA 92055-5171 comprised of a Section Leader and five www.mctssa.usmc.mil Fire Units. The Section Leader oversees the deployment of his Fire Units and directs their fires in support of the overall air defense plan.