United Defense has announced that a new tactical software has been integrated
successfully onto its Non Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) demonstrator allowing
the system to achieve revolutionary automation capabilities.
The integration of the automation software onto the NLOS-C demonstrator has been
done in just 10 months thanks to simulated design environment.
The tactical software will integrate the robotic ammunition handling and
auto-loading systems to enable a two-person crew to operate the 155mm NLOS-C
howitzer. Currently fielded self-propelled howitzers worldwide require a crew of
4 or 5-person to operate them.
Finally, the 155mm NLOS-C cannon with the tactical automation software was
successfully tested firing eight rounds at a rate of more than six round per
minute at Yuma Proving Ground near Yuma, Arizona.
The automated NLOS-C cannon to be fielded within the Future Combat Systems (FCS)
will save US soldiers from stressing lift and load of 100-pound (50 kg)
projectile and propellant charge.
The two-man crew will be able to select and load the proper projectile and
propellant charge, set the fuze and fire the NLOS-C cannon with one one push on
a computer screen while protected under armor. The automation software will
provide malfunction reports and messages to quickly correct the problem an
execute the mission.
The NLOS-C cannon is intended for delivery of faster and more accurate firepower
than ever before. In addition, system's lightweight design will allow NLOS-C to
be airlifted by C-130 sized aircraft.
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