The NetFires Limited Liability Company (LLC), composed of Raytheon Missile
Systems and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, successfully conducted a
ballistic test vehicle (BTV) flight test for the Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System
(NLOS-LS) Precision Attack Missile (PAM) at the Eglin Air Force Base, Florida,
test range February 16.
The successful PAM flight test represents a significant milestone for both the
U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) weaponization goals and for the NLOS-LS
program. NLOS-LS PAM and Container Launch Unit (CLU) have been selected as a
surface warfare weapon for the LCS, the Navy's next-generation multi-mission
The PAM missile BTV was vertically launched from the NLOS-LS CLU that was
integrated onto a motion simulator. The ship motion simulator is able to
replicate a range of sea conditions that the LCS is likely to encounter while
under way. The PAM BTV flight test was conducted in upper-sea-state-three
conditions to demonstrate the safe egress of the PAM missile from the CLU.
Sea state three represents conditions where a vessel experiences three- to
five-foot (1-1.6 meters) waves and winds exceeding 15 knots.
The PAM missile's performance specification for the U. S. Navy requires that the
missile is capable of being fired from a moving platform experiencing diverse
movements along all three axes. This demonstration was a significant
accomplishment in engineering for the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship as well as the
Army's Future Combat System.
The NLOS-LS system consists of Raytheon's PAM, Lockheed Martin's Loitering
Attack Missile and a joint CLU. In 2004, the Army accelerated fielding of the
Raytheon PAM and joint CLU to the Army's Evaluation Brigade Combat Team into
Spin Out 1 in fiscal year 2008.
The Navy selected NLOS-LS PAM and CLU as the premier engagement capability
against surface warfare threats for the Littoral Combat Ship. The Navy expects
to build more than 50 LCSs with the first ships commissioned in fiscal year
NLOS-LS provides a commander with immediate, precise and responsive fires on
high-payoff targets with real-time target acquisition and battle effects. PAM is
a direct-attack missile that is effective against moving and stationary targets
on land and sea at ranges from zero to 21 nautical miles and is effective
against hard and soft targets. The missile includes a networked datalink that
provides in-flight updates to each missile with ground and airborne sensor nodes
and has a large multi-mode warhead effective against both hard and soft targets.
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