This was the first guided flight of a LOSAT KEM missile since 1996, when the US Army cancelled the armored gun system, and LOSAT was transitioning from a Bradley fighting vehicle as the launch platform.
The LOSAT weapon system provides a high volume of extremely lethal and accurate missile fire that is effective against heavy armor systems at ranges exceeding tanks' main gun ranges.
The LOSAT kinetic-energy missile is used by light infantry units and also is mounted on a Humvee.
Having a large electric-power source onboard would help meet the high energy demands of vehicles such as the THAAD, Striker or LOSAT platforms, said Ken Winters, vice president of PET Electronics, in Huntsville, Ala.
L-3's LOSAT Display System is based on the latest Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) flat panel technology, advanced processors, software and interfaces.
L-3's LOSAT Display System is a state-of-the-art, affordable system that is unique in its ability to meet the demanding requirements of ground vehicles and other forces," said Bob McGill, president of L-3 Display Systems.
Further details on the LOSAT KEM programme are currently classified.
In case the KEM fails to complete development, or is severely delayed, the Army last year funded Emerson Electric to demonstrate its proposed Ground-Launched Hellfire-Heavy (GLH-H) system as a potential alternative LOSAT weapon.
Our agreement with LOSAT is an important step for us to establish a foothold in this market.
Headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, and with offices also in Panama, four-year old LOSAT employs twenty-five people.
Army is evaluating LOSAT on the Hummer to greatly improve the anti-armor capability of early entry forces.
The LOSAT missile, which travels at the hypervelocity speed of one mile per second and destroys its target upon impact without the use of conventional ordnance or an explosive warhead.