successfully completed an initial round of live-fire testing with a new U.S. Anti-Tank ( -AT) weapon system. Equipped with the -II missile, the upgraded -AT weapon system is designed to protect reconnaissance and light infantry teams. Its mission is to defeat threats at long-range, day or night, and in all weather conditions.
“is delivering an enhanced capability designed to save Marines’ lives,” said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Land Warfare Systems for . “The new turret and thermal systems can perform surveillance and targeting on the move, providing greater situational awareness. has also reduced the size of the equipment to provide more crew space inside the vehicle.”
In April 2012, the U.S. Marine Corps awardeda contract to develop and integrate an weapon system on four LAV-ATs. The LAV-AT Modernization Program was required to deal with the obsolescence of the original system, the M901 Emerson turret, which is no longer in production and has been retired from the U.S. Army inventory. Along with the vehicular mounted turret the TOW system has also been replaced by the system, which is already in use with infantry and the tank battalions of the Marine Corps. The program will procure 118 (ATWS) of which four are being produced under the current Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase. All four vehicles will go into development testing later this year, with operational testing to follow in late 2014.