ATK Rocket Motors Support Successful Flight Demonstrations of Non Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) Precision Attack Missile (PAM)
(Source: ATK Alliant Techsystems)
12:00 AM, October 7, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS --- Alliant Techsystems has successfully demonstrated an innovative propulsion system for the Non Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) Precision Attack Missile (PAM). Three successful tests have been conducted at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. ATK is under contract to Raytheon Missile Systems for the system design and development (SDD) phase of the program.>> The Non Line-of-Sight Launch System provides precision fires for the Army's Future Combat Systems and the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). It is platform-independent, self-contained and compatible with current and future command and control systems. NLOS-LS comprises the container launch unit (CLU) and a precision attack missile (PAM) all-up-round (AUR).>> NLOS-LS is one of the first systems developed for the Army's Future Combat System and is planned for initial fielding in 2011. The U.S. Army currently plans to procure more than 25,000 NLOS-LS PAM missiles. The missiles will be primarily used against moving as well as stationary targets, both ground and at sea.>> The successful Controlled Test Vehicle (CTV) missile flight tests included ATK rocket motors that feature the latest innovations in rocket motor design to meet insensitive munitions requirements. ATK has combined a set of composite and energetic technologies into a propulsion system that maintains the desired high energy ballistic performance, while at the same time improving the overall propulsion system insensitive munitions response to potential battlefield stimuli.>> During the tests, the missile demonstrated safe egress from the container launch unit (CLU), transitioned to a steady, controlled flight through the boost and sustain phases, and performed preplanned aerodynamic maneuvers. The success of the CTV tests set the stage for beginning guided flight test, to further validate system level maturity.