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
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.
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. As it stands now, the PAM is the only armament currently being designed for the NLOS-LS.
Precision Attack Munition (PAM)
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.
Loitering Attack Munition (LAM)
Designed to fly to a preset area and loiter
while autonomously seeking out targets.
- November 2002 - First guided flight of Precision Attack Missile.
- December 2005 - Successful Loitering Attack Missile Boost Test Vehicle (BTV) flight test at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.
- April 2007 - Successful test launch of a Precision Attack Missile from a CLU at White Sands Missile Range.
- June 2007 - Successful test of Precision Attack Missile warhead against a fortified bunker.