The Army has successfully fired an AIM-9X missile from a new launch platform. Officials from the Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office say the missile successfully engaged an Unmanned Aircraft System target in an engineering demonstration at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The test demonstrated the interceptor launch from the new Multi-Mission Launcher. The same launcher had already successfully fired two other types of missiles. The AIM-9X was originally designed as an air-to-air interceptor, but it has been changed to a ground-to-air role.
The demonstration at White Sands was a collaboration between the Cruise Missile Project Office and the Army Aviation and Missile, Research Development And Engineering Center. Both are located at Redstone Arsenal.