LOSAT Defeats Moving Targets during Two Tests

Released on Monday, February 2, 2004
United States of America
km - kilometre
LOSAT - Line-Of-Sight AntiTank
Lockheed-Martin Line-Of-Sight Anti-Tank (LOSAT) weapon system was successfully demonstrated during two tests against armored moving targets at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

During the first test, the LOSAT weapon system fired a Kinetic Energy Missile (KEM) a moving M-60 tank at approximately 2,400 meters. The tank was traveling around 22 mph (36 km/h). The second test involved the firing of a single KEM missile against an incoming M-60 tank at approximately 2,400 meters.

The test objectives were met successfully demonstrating LOSAT lethality against moving targets and paving the way for planned program developmental testing completion in March 2004. The LOSAT development program includes a series of 18 developmental test.

The LOSAT weapon system can be transported by C-130H aircraft or by sling load with the UH-60L helicopter. The KEM missile can destroy current and planned armored vehicle using solely its kinetic energy traveling at 5,000 feet per second (5,400 km/h).

The KEM missile also provides robustness against countermeasures and survivability for the operator thanks to its near fire and forget launch mode. The KEM reaches its maximum range in less than five seconds.


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