two types of missiles are under development as part of the NeFires
system – the Loitering Attack Missile
(LAM), and Precision Attack Missile (PAM).
Both missiles were designed to be vertically launched from the
Container Launch Unit (CLU). Raytheon is developing the PAM.
LAM has been eliminated from the program, to be replaced by
other type of non expendable, persistent target acquisition
capability. The NLOS CLU has 15 canistered missiles, the CLU
has an autonomous vertical launcher weighing 3,150 lbs. Each
CLU is self contained with autonomous location unit, data radio
and launch control systems.
NLOS-LS will be a key element in the US Army Future Combat
Systems (FCS) warfighting transformation concept, as it becomes
an essential battlespace effector, as part of the "unit
of action" of tomorrow's soldier.
After the cancellation of LAM, PAM has remained the only missile
in the NLOS system. Designed for operating at ranges 0-40km,
the 117 lb, 7" diameter missile uses a uncooled Imaging
Infrared /semi-active laser with automatic target recognition
for target acquisition and terminal homing. The missile is networked
with in-flight updates, enabling retargeting and image transfer
for BDA. PAM will include a variable thrust motor and a large
multimode warhead effective against both hard and soft targets.
NLOS-LS weapon system is expected to provide the core precision
attack capability to the Future Combat Systems (FCS) Brigade
Combat Team (BCT). is expected to "spiral out" of
the FCS program in "spin-out 1" phase to accelerate
its deployment with current forces. When employed with current
forces NLOS-LS will be tasked by the Advanced Field Artillery
Tactical Data System (AFATDS) for targeting and control. When
employed with FCS BCT, the system will link directly to the
BCT network. The missile is expected to be ready for evaluation
around 2008. The NLOS program is currently focusing on the Precision
Attack Missile version. The program could evolve over time to
include a loitering missile, air defense missile and missiles
with non-lethal effects capability.
NLOS will also be carried on the future Littoral Combat Ship,
where it will offer short range precision coastal attack and
support of land operations.