The Complementary Low Altitude Weapon System (CLAWS) completed its development
testing program at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, with a successful
direct hit on a surrogate cruise missile target.
flight tests were supported by elements from the 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD)
Battalion and the Marine Air Control Squadrons (MACS) 23 and 1.
Key elements for the CLAWS during the tests were the TPS-59 radar and AN/TYQ-23
Tactical Air Operations Module which provide large volume (long range) air
picture. The MPQ-64 Sentinel radar provides close (short range) air picture and
tracking for the weapon system. Command and Control, with air picture and track
correlation, for CLAWS is performed by the Marine Air Defense Communications
Platform updated with the Raytheon Solipsys Multi-Source Correlator Tracker and
Tactical Display Framework. Fire Control and launch were by CLAWS launcher based
on High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), while intercept was by
The US Marine Corps will use CLAWS as a an all-weather, highly mobile, high
firepower, air defense system for Expeditionary Forces. The HMMWV platform is
the basis for the whole air defense system and the AIM-120 missile is the
interceptor. CLAWS is the Marine variant to the Ground Launched AMRAAM common
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