Follow-On To SMAW (FOTS)
The Follow-On To SMAW (FOTS) is a lightweight, short range, fire-and-forget assault weapon comprised of a launcher and integral sighting system that enables a Marine to neutralize a variety of ground targets. The FOTS will replace the Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon without loss to present capabilities. The enhanced capabilities of the FOTS include fire from enclosures, adaptability to a variety of warheads, reduced launch signature, and increased lethality and breaching. The FOTS complements the satchel charge by providing a stand-off capability to destroy bunkers and breach urban structures. It also provides the capability to neutralize vehicles and personnel. Operational Impact The FOTS will ensure the assault elements of the Ground Combat Element retain the capability to quickly destroy fortified positions and achieve the capability to penetrate urban structures to facilitate maneuver of friendly forces and destruction or neutralization of opposition forces. The United States Marine Corps (USMC) issued a draft Request For Proposal (RFP) and associated documentation on 13 September 2002 for the Follow-On To SMAW (FOTS) Program: Systems Integration & Prototyping (SIP). It is anticipated that from the received submissions; multiple proposals will be selected and awarded SIP contracts.
At the conclusion of the SIP effort, one of the successful offerors will be competitively selected for completion of System Demonstration and Production, with an estimated value of $360,000,000 over the twenty (20) year life cycle of the program. The USMC intially intended to procure approximately 1,052 systems and/or 143,000 rounds of ammunition.
On 03 June 2003 Lockheed Martin was selected as one of two contractors to develop a follow-on weapon system to the Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) for the US Marine Corps. The contract is for the System Integration Phase (SIP) of the Follow-On to SMAW (FOTS) program. General Dynamics isteamed with Dynamit Nobel and RAFAEL, based on the Panzerfaust design. Lockheed Martin is teamed with IMI, based on the Shipon design.
The contracts call team members to develop a new shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon that can be fired from enclosures or other battlefield close quarters to neutralize bunkers, urban structures and light armor. Additionally, FOTS will create access corridors in urban structures such as triple brick and reinforced concrete.
The SIP contract was expected to run 15 months and includes delivery of approximately 45 munitions in month 12 to support test firings that will result in the selection of one contractor to complete the System Design and Development (SDD) phase followed by production.
Lockheeds's FOTS solution will provide Marines with a capability for firing in close quarters, a critical requirement in urban conflict scenarios. There are also many international customers who have a requirement for this type of assault weapon.
Lockheed Martin has more than 40 years of experience in precision weapon systems including the only man-portable, shoulder-fired weapons qualified for fire from enclosure in the U.S. arsenal. Javelin, developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, is currently fielded and Lockheed Martin's Predator is in production.
IMI was the original developer of the B-300 man-portable, anti-tank weapon system for the Israel Defense Forces, which led to its selection as a basis for the U. S. Marine Corps' SMAW weapon system. IMI produced and delivered more than 300,000 sets of B-300, SMAW, and SMAW-D propulsion units.
With this contract award, Lockheed Martin will serve as prime contractor for SIP, responsible for overall contract performance, fire control system, launch tube and systems integration. IMI will provide the FOTS propulsion system and warheads.
The current Shoulder Launched Multi-purpose Assault Weapon uses a 9mm spotting rifle to accurately range the target, which leaves the gunner exposed for an unacceptable amount of time, and lacks functional reliability. Potential replacement systems would be required to provide accurate and reliable ranges to targets < 500m in any weather condition including rain, snow, and fog as well as through battlefield obscurants where the operator can see the target with the naked eye. The system would be required to be mounted on the FOTS or hand carried as a separate system. Cost, durability, and weight will all be considerations for a final system solution, however, information on or demonstrations of any novel alternatives or concepts are of great interest to the Marine Corps and are welcome at this time.
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