United Defense Successfully Tests FCS-Related Technology

Released on Monday, September 8, 2003
BAe - British Aerospace
FCS - Future Combat Systems
IAAPS - Integrated Army Active Protection System
NLOS-C - Non-Line-Of-Sight Cannon
United Defense has announced the successful firing of first round from the 155mm Non-Line-Of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) demonstrator and test of the IAAPS protection system against a live missile threat.

United Defense successfully fired the first round from the 23-ton, hybrid-electric NLOS-C self-propelled howitzer prototype at Yuma, Arizona.

The NLOS-C will be fielded by 2008 as a highly mobile, lethal, and deployable self-propelled artillery system embedded into the Future Combat Systems (FCS) networked system of systems architecture.

The NLOS-C leverages technologies developed under Crusader self-propelled howitzer program and BAe Systems' XM777 towed howitzer.

The NLOS-C magazine holds 24 100-pound artillery projectiles and has been designed to provide outstanding rates of fire compared to legacy artillery systems.

In addition, United Defense also announced the successful test of an Integrated Army Active Protection System (IAAPS) equipped moving vehicle against incoming Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs) while traveling at 20 mph (33 km/h).

The IAAPS consists of a hard-kill active protection system and soft-kill electronic jammer.

According to United Defense, the 20-ton FCS objective vehicle will be very reliant on active protection systems to achieve enhanced survivability. The IAAPS system is being developed by United Defense, BAe Systems and Northrop-Grumman.


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