Lockheed Martin's LOCAAS Successful in Flight Test System Demonstrates Navigation and Flight Capabilities
ORLANDO, FL, February 6th, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control's Low Cost Autonomous Attack System (LOCAAS) demonstrated full air vehicle flying qualities and guidance performance in a test Monday at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The powered submunition was launched from a test aircraft flying at 200 knots at an altitude of 1,500 feet. After weapon release, the missile flew through a series of pre-determined waypoints, proving its ability to follow a mission-planned course.
After it passed through the final waypoint, the weapon performed a series of sharp banks, rolls, and turns designed to demonstrate its aerodynamic capabilities.
"LOCAAS provides a unique capability to loiter over the battlefield and take out targets," said Colonel Thomas Masiello, Chief of Air Force Research Labs - Munitions at Eglin Air Force Base. "The warfighter will load in a flight plan and LOCAAS will take out any planned targets that appear in that predetermined area. Monday's test was typical of a mission planned course that LOCAAS might fly in a combat scenario."
LOCAAS represents the next step in capability for the U.S. Air Force, following other successful Lockheed Martin Strike Weapons programs such as the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD). WCMD has proven itself in combat and JASSM was recently awarded a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract.
LOCAAS uses a Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR) seeker to automatically determine target aimpoints using demonstrated Automatic Target Recognition algorithms. It is designed to be compatible with F-16, F-22, Joint Strike Fighter, B-1, and B-2 aircraft. It can also be dispensed from a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) rocket or an Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile.
Employing more than 8,500 people, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with additional base operations in Orlando, Fla., and manufacturing and assembly facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif., Chelmsford Mass., Camden, Ark., Horizon City and Lufkin, Texas, Ocala, Fla., White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and Troy, Alabama. The company is a business unit of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Bethesda, Md.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services.
Nettie Johnson, 407-356-2211/5351
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