Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS)
Dragon Fire/Dragon Fire II
The USMC had a number of critical performance parameters and other requirements for the system when it solicited bids for the EFSS program.
|Key Performance Parameters|
|Transportability||110 nautical mile lift internal to CH-53E and MV-22 (threshold=objective)|
|Fire Range||Unassisted indirect fire maximum range for standard high explosive projectile at least 7 km (threshold), 14 km (objective)|
|Range Error||Achieve range error probable of 0.6% of range (threshold), 0.3% of range (objective) and a deflection error probable of 0.6% of range (threshold), 0.1% of range (objective) for high explosive at two-thirds of maximum range|
|Net Ready||Data system should interface with specified DOD networks|
|Transportability and mobility|
|Technical fire direction|
* - Following the contract award in November 2004, this was reduced to 2 rounds per minute. The discrepency was attributed to a typo in the requirements documentation.
Following the contract award in November 2004, changes were made to designated non-critical requirements, including increasing the time allowed for some mortar events, an improved on road speed of 35 miles per hour, and a decrease in the basic ammunition loadout from 50-100 rounds to a total of 34 rounds. The initial loadout of between 50-100 rounds was described as a concept of employment and not an official requirement. Also, initially there was no requirement for armor protection. By 2008 the EFSS program was developing two levels of armor kit for the planned prime mover, a variant of the vehicle being developed for the Internally Transportable Vehicle Program.
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