Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: NetFires and Precision Attack Missile
Origin: United States of America
ATK Alliant Techsystems and Raytheon* (*) lead contractor
Parent System: PAM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2011
Total Production: 30,000
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Description: The Precision Attack Missile (PAM) is a direct attack missile intended to engage targets ranging up to 40 kilometers from the launch location. PAM inherits technology developed under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) NetFires program. The PAM includes a variable trust solid rocket motor, a dual mode uncooled infrared/semi-active laser seeker, and a multi-mode warhead. In addition, a two-way data-link will provide re-targeting while in-flight and down linking of images reducing collateral damage probability. A tri-mode seeker is also under study by Raytheon adding millimeter wave guidance mode to the PAM missile
On 22 March 2004, Netfires LLC (a Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon company) was a awarded a six-year $1.1 billion contract for NLOS-LS (Non Line-Of-Sight Launch System) SDD covering the LAM and PAM missiles, and the Container Launch Unit (CLU) design and development with a planned initial fielding by 2008. In 2004 the US Navy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the US Army to procure the NLOS-LS PAM weapon system for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The LCS armed with revolutionary NLOS-LS PAM was projected to be ready in fiscal year 2008. Finally, the PAM was cancelled.
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