According to the branch, the Marine Corps is developing a ship-killing weapon that will be central to long-range military restructuring.
A Navy Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction system, or NMESIS has been acquired by the Marine Corps Systems Command’s Long Range Fires Program. It is an anti-ship missile that meets military specifications and is currently being tested.
Joe McPherson is the program manager for Long Range Fires. He stated that NMESIS “uniquely complements other ships and aircraft equipped to carry anti-ship missiles.”
“Everything our adversaries have designed over the last 20-30 years are intended to counter [the DOD’s] ships and aircraft,” McPherson said in the statement.
“The Marine Corps’s bringing a ground based solution complicates [the adversary’s] capability to counter our anti ship capabilities, since ground-based launchers are difficult to find, as we have seen in past wars. McPherson stated that NMESIS is bringing a launcher that can be used inside an enemy’s weapon engagement zone.
This new system will enable the Marine Corps to fire its latest anti-ship missile, the Naval Strike Missile.
The missile system’s key feature will allow Marines to remotely control their transport vehicle, the Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary Fires.
In April, the first images of this new system were revealed. It was tested using a missile attached to a modified unmanned Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The system was tested in November 2020, but no photos were released, reports The Drive.
The operational requirement for a ground-based anti-ship missile system is relatively new and stems from the Commandant’s Planning Guidance and the Corps’ Force Design 2030 efforts.
According to War on the Rocks, the Commandant’s planning guidance aims to prepare the Marine Corps to conduct naval expeditionary warfare as well as possible conflict with China.
The Marine Corps says it successfully demonstrated NMESIS during Large Scale Exercise 21, a massive military drill that involved multiple Navy fleets and tested out new technology.
During the exercise, the system launched a missile that flew over a non-linear path covering over 100 nautical miles before striking two targets.
Although the launch was not an official test, the Marine Corps intends to gather more feedback about the system moving forward. To test it, the system will be sent out to Marines at Camp Pendleton in California.
The Marine Corps plans to deploy the initial set of launchers to the Marine Littoral Regiment by the end of 2023. Officials confirmed that medium-range missile batteries for Marine Littoral Regiments will use NMESIS.
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