NLOS-LS Team Completes First Guided Test Flight of Precision Attack Missile Fired From Container Launch Unit
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., Nov. 25, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- NetFires LLC, a joint venture between Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) Missile Systems and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Missiles and Fire Control, completed the first guided test flight of the Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System's Precision Attack Missile.
"The PAM missile, launched from a Container Launch Unit, used its digital, semi-active laser seeker to score a direct hit against a T-72 tank target," said Scott Speet, executive vice president of NetFires LLC and Raytheon's NLOS-LS program director. "The test demonstrated the performance of the complete NLOS-LS system."
While guiding to its intended target, the PAM missile joined the network with its onboard radio and sent back a terminal target image. The PAM missile also operated as a node on the net throughout the flight.
"NLOS-LS once again proves it is on a path to meet the Future Combat Systems' lethal requirements," said Col. Doug Dever, the U.S. Army's NLOS-LS project manager. "This is good news for the soldiers who will one day rely on this innovative and effective weapon system in the field."
The U.S. Army is accelerating the delivery of NLOS-LS to soldiers in its 43 infantry brigade combat teams.
"NLOS-LS represents an exciting, new capability within the IBCT (Infantry Brigade Combat Team) to precisely engage moving targets," said Col. Tony Daskevich, Army Training and Doctrine Command capabilities manager for Rockets and Missile Systems.
Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.
Note to Editors:
The NLOS-LS is one of the 14 Future Combat Systems core systems. As part of the FCS systems-of-systems, the NLOS-LS will meet the requirements of the Army's future brigade combat teams by providing increased capability for the current force's modular BCT (Brigade Combat Team).
NLOS-LS provides the brigade commander with immediate, precise and responsive fires on high-payoff targets with real-time target acquisition and battle effects. It is also one of the key littoral combat ship mission modules.
Compared to systems with equivalent firepower, the NLOS-LS provides a modular, persistent, responsive, networked and rapidly deployable precision strike capability against moving and stationary targets.
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