The LOCAAS, a loitering munition with a laser-radar seeker -- still in development -- will have a two-way data link in 2006, said Arias.
Someone will be looking at the data the LOCAAS is seeing, make a decision and give the authorization to shoot," Arias said.
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LOCAAS can be launched from F-16, F-22, Joint Strike Fighter, B-1 and B-2 aircraft.
LOCAAS uses a laser detection and ranging (LADAR) seeker to take aim at targets, employing automatic target recognition algorithms.
LOCAAS had its first successful flight in February.
Since 2001, the Air Force has spent between $20 million and $39 million annually on LOCAAS and related weapon technology to improve target acquisition and integration.
During a recent interview, Collins explained that this dispenser would give commanders more flexibility, because it would allow them to fire the missile with fewer than 13 BATs and to substitute the BAT with other munitions, such as the SADARM, the wide-area munition, the BLU-108, the LOCAAS
or even 155mm or 105mm artillery shells.
Collectively, they are known as the Low-Cost Autonomous Attack System, or LOCAAS.
Some LOCAAS submunitions are gliders, but this particular canister releases the powered versions, which rocket toward the target area at 100 m/sec.
program, which began in 1990 as a joint US Army Missile Command/US Air Force Wright Laboratory Armament Directorate R&D investigation of a general-purpose smart munition, attracted the interest of the Lethal SEAD Div.
A "smart" submunition that searches the target area in very fine resolution and has extremely long loiter time, the LOCAAS
could fit neatly into the weapons-focused SEAD concept.