Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System

Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System

The Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) is a self-contained missile launch system under development by NETFIRES LLC, a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for the United States Army's Future Combat Systems and the United States Navy's Littoral Combat Ship. Each Container Launch Unit (CLU) consists of 15 missiles, and a computer communications system. Multiple CLUs can be chained together to increase mission capability. The missiles are fired and controlled remotely. The weapon is roughly 2 meters tall, and can be transported on just about anything larger than a pickup truck.

Container Launch Unit (CLU) Specifications

* Capacity: 15 canistered missiles.
* Weight: ~3,150 lb (approx. 1,428 kg)
* Dimensions: 45 inches width by 45 inches length by 69 inches height.
* Self-locating with networked radio.
* Autonomous vertical launch.

Missiles

There were to be two types of missile used with NLOS-LS, the Precision Attack Munition (PAM) and the Loitering Attack Munition (LAM). The LAM was originally contracted to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, however, the contract was terminated due to escalating costs and poor test performance.Fact|date=June 2007 As it stands now, the PAM is the only armament currently being designed for the NLOS-LS.

Precision Attack Munition (PAM)

Overview

Used to attack vehicles, armor, bunkers, and other targets of opportunity. Utilizes 3 modes of guidance, GPS/INS, semi-active laser homing, and autonomous imaging infrared. Carries a multi-mode warhead effective against several types of targets. It also includes an online library of pictures of targets, so that it can visually identify what it is homing in on.

pecifications

* Weight: 117 lbs (45kg)
* Diameter: 7 ins (18cm)
* Length: 5 ft (1.5m)
* Guidance: GPS/INS, imaging infrared, semi-active laser homing.cite web|url=http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/netfires.html|title=Raytheon PAM Lockheed Martin LAM (NetFires NLOS-LS) - Designation Systems]
* Datalink: Networked for in-flight updates, retargeting and images.
* Motor: Variable thrust rocket motor.
* Range: 40 km

Loitering Attack Munition (LAM)

Overview

Designed to fly to a preset area and loiter while autonomously seeking out targets.

pecifications

* Weight: 117 lbs (45kg)
* Diameter: 7 ins (18cm)
* Length: 5 ft (1.5m)
* Guidance: GPS/INS, laser radar (LADAR) seeker with automatic target recognition.
* Datalink: Networked for in-flight updates, retargeting and images.
* Motor: Micro turbojet.
* Range: 70 km with 30 min loiter time.

Program status

* November 2002 - First guided flight of Precision Attack Missile. [ [http://www.raytheon.com/newsroom/briefs/111802.htm Raytheon Precision Attack Missile makes first guided flight - Raytheon PR] ]
* December 2005 - Successful Loitering Attack Missile Boost Test Vehicle (BTV) flight test at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. [ [http://www.lockheedmartin.com/wms/findPage.do?dsp=fec&ci=17338&rsbci=0&fti=0&ti=0&sc=400&jsi=false LOCKHEED MARTIN, NETFIRES LLC SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCT LOITERING ATTACK MISSILE BOOST VEHICLE TEST - Lockheed Martin PR] ]
* April 2007 - Successful test launch of a Precision Attack Missile from a CLU at White Sands Missile Range. [ [http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/netfires-llc-precision-attack-missile/story.aspx?guid=%7B71201188-8991-4CD4-8499-B7B533BC53AC%7D NetFires LLC Precision Attack Missile Launch Paves the Way for Complete System Testing - Netfires LLC PR] ]
* June 2007 - Successful test of Precision Attack Missile warhead against a fortified bunker. [ [http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2007/06/mil-070628-raytheon01.htm NetFires LLC Conducts Successful Warhead Demonstration for Precision Attack Missile - NetFires LLC PR] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.lockheedmartin.com/wms/findPage.do?dsp=fec&ci=11311&sc=400 Non Line of Sight-Launch System - Lockheed Martin]
* [http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/netfires.html NetFires NLOS-LS - Designation Systems]
* [http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/net-fires.htm Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) - Global Security]
* [http://www.defense-update.com/products/p/pam.htm Precision Attack Missile - Defense Update]


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