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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Non-Line-Of-Sight Cannon and XM1203
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems* and General Dynamics Land Systems   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: FCS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 15
Total Cost: USD$159 billion
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Description: The Future Combat Systems (FCS) are a family of modular networked vehicles, also called system of systems, being developed to meet the US Army requirements for 21st century ground warfare. Eventually they will replace all-known vehicles in the US Army inventory assuming direct and indirect fire missions. The FCS network will include vehicles, sensors and weapons. The FCS vehicles will include the Non-Line-of-Sight cannon (NLOS-C), the Non-Line-of-Sight Mortar (NLOS-M), Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UGCV), a robotized mule for infantry squad support, infantry carrier, maintenance and recovery, medical evacuation etc. The NLOS-C will benefit from the technology developed under the Crusader program with an automated ammunition handling and laser ignition. The weight of these vehicles tracked or wheeled will be around 20 tons. The FCS initiative will be a real breakthrough, if fielded as predicted. The FCS includes about 18 manned and unmanned ground and airborne platforms, also referred to as the FCS 18 core systems.

The FCS vehicles will feature multi-spectral stealth technology as well as unprecedented lightweight armor combining titanium, high strength aluminum, polymer composites and ceramics. Stealth and armor will provide increased survivability over current deployed ground vehicles. In fact, the FCS armor will be comparable to the 70 tons Abrams armor. The lightweight armor of the FCS vehicle will permit to be C-130 transportable achieving rapidly deployable combat brigades and divisions. Currently heavyweight brigades and divisions are transported to the theater of operations by ship. The propulsion system is currently under development and would be able to operate in three modes (hybrid electric, engine-only and battery-only) providing superior mobility and silent operations.

The FCS will be provided with a new generation of smart munitions being developed under different programs and will be fully interoperable with others US military branches. A networked system means that the FCS ground vehicles will communicate continuously to other platforms, such as UAVs, through a tactical internet relaying potential targets coordinates and enemy and friendly forces location. A networked ground force will be able to defeat any non-networked enemy force, even if the FCS systems are outnumbered, through optimizing the friendly forces resources and superior situational awareness. The US Army calls for a first FCS-equipped unit by 2008. According to some sources the RAH-66 Comanche attack helicopter would be the first system of the FCS initiative. This claim was dismissed in 2004 following Comanche program cancellation and the US Army aiming at the UCAR to accomplish the attack helicopter role.

In July 2004, the US Army renewed its commitment to the FCS program accelerating the introduction of initial FCS capabilities beginning in 2008. More than 30 modular brigades will be equipped with FCS capabilities until 2014, when the first FCS unit of action will enter service. To accomplish that goal the US Army will add up to $6.4 billion of funds to the current $14.78 billion Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) SDD (System Development and Demonstration) phase. On August 9, 2004, Boeing and the US Army singed the OTA modification contract to set a ceiling of $6.4 billion additional funds to match the goals established in July 2004. It is expected that the total amount of funds allocated to OTA modification will be definitized in early 2005. In May 2005 (5/11/2005), General Dynamics Land Systems received a $282 million modification to its $2 billion contract to develop the family of Manned Ground Vehicles (MGV).

On 16 August 2005, General Dynamics Land Systems selected the 5L890 engine manufactured by Detroit Diesel Corporation to power the FCS Manned Ground Vehicles. Up to 47 engines were expected to be delivered through 2011 by Detroit Diesel to undergo evaluation installed on the FCS ground vehicles. The FCS program was cancelled in 2011.

The Non-Line-Of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) was intended to replace aging and heavyweight M109 self-propelled howitzers within the US Army. The system consisted of BAe's M777 towed gun, robotic handling and auto-loading systems, mounted on an advanced lightweight armored chassis being developed under the FCS program. The NLOS-C was based on advanced technologies developed under the Crusader self-propelled howitzer. Its lightweight design, not to exceed 20 tons (40,000-lb), will provide increased mobility and transportability. A single C-130 aircraft would be able to airlift one NLOS-C cannon.

Despite Crusader was being developed to be operated by a crew of three-man, the NLOS-C cannon would be operated by a crew of two-person thanks to a revolutionary automation software being developed by United Defense. The NLOS-C program emerged following Crusader cancellation (May 2002) in August 2002 and according to DoD sources is due to enter service in 2008. An automated replenishment vehicle for the NLOS-C cannon will be developed by United Defense as well. NLOS-C Increment 0 prototypes are planned to be fielded by the US Army from 2008 onwards.

In July 2005, the NLOS-C Concept Technology Demonstrator (CTD) entered a new development phase firing rounds using a 38-caliber gun at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. BAE Systems, which acquired United Defense in 2005, used the 38-caliber cannon because is lighter and shorter than the CTD's 39-caliber gun that fired 1,193 rounds since August 2003.

FCS NLOS-C Applications

Artillery Systems M109A7

FCS NLOS-C Specifications

Ammunition Load: 24
Crew: 2
Main Gun Caliber: 155 millimeter
Sustained Rate of Fire: 6 roundperminute
Combat Weight: 20,000 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 20 news between
30 Jul 2003 and 31 Oct 2013
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Thursday, October 31, 2013US Army Awards BAE Systems Production Contract for Paladin Integrated Management
Monday, July 20, 2009US Army Partially Terminates Future Combat Systems Manned Ground Vehicle
Tuesday, June 23, 2009US Army's Future Combat System (FCS) Program Cancelled
Thursday, February 26, 2009XM1203 Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon Fires Excalibur Simulation Rounds
Monday, October 6, 2008XM1203 NLOS-C Prototype Fires First Shot at a US Army Test Site
Wednesday, June 11, 2008Future Combat Systems Program Completes Integration of First Manned Ground Vehicle Prototype
Thursday, May 15, 2008BAE Systems Awarded New Contract for M109A6 Paladin Integrated Management
Tuesday, February 12, 2008FCS NLOS-C Testing Platform Fires 1,000th Round
Wednesday, August 22, 2007Elgin Facility Selected for FCS Manned Ground Vehicle Integration and Assembly Work
Wednesday, August 15, 2007BAE Systems Unveils FCS Hybrid Electric Drive System

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