Non-Line-Of-Sight Mortar (NLOS-M)
The Non-Line-of-Sight Mortar (NLOS-M) provides unparalleled responsiveness and lethality to the Unit of Action (UA) commander. The mortar provides fires in close support of tactical maneuvers that include destructive fires and special purpose fires. While working as part of an Non-Line-of-Sight Mortar (NLOS-M) battery, the Non-Line-of-Sight mortar-firing Precision Guided Mortar Munitions will deliver lethal fires to destroy high payoff and most dangerous targets, and provide area suppression in support of Unit of Action (UA) companies and platoons. The mortar and platoon are highly flexible and agile in establishing sensor-shooter linkages. It provides highly responsive, reliable, timely, accurate, and sustained rates of fire and rates of kill with 24/7 availability in all weather and terrain conditions at extended ranges. The Non-Line-of-Sight Mortar (NLOS-M) system provides precision-guided fires to destroy, protective fires to suppress and obscure the enemy and illumination fires all in close support of Unit of Action (UA) Combined Arms Battalions (CABs) maneuver units. The platoon provides responsiveness with fires on-demand to engage complex and simultaneous target sets. The command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) network enables the FCS Non-Line-of-Sight Mortar (NLOS-M) fire control system to conduct semi- to autonomous computation of technical fire direction, automatic gun lay, preparation of the ammunition for firing and mortar round firing. Vastly improved handling, loading and firing systems will be another centerpiece of Non-Line-of-Sight Mortar (NLOS-M). The mortar platoon will retain a dismounted 81mm mortar capability for complex terrain.
In January 2003, United Defense was selected by the Army/DARPA and the Future Combat Systems' Lead Systems Integrator (Boeing and SAIC) to develop and build the NLOS-M.
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