LOSATLine-Of-Sight Antitank
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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 key advantages of the LOSAT system are the tremendous overmatch lethality of the KEM, which defeats all predicted future armored combat vehicles, and its deployability.
The goal is to prove that a missile smaller then Losat will exceed its performance, said Ignat.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is building 11 Losats to be tested by the Army's 82nd airborne division.
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.
The Losat vehicle weighs approximately 5.5 tonnes and can be reloaded in less than ten minutes using an on-board materiel-handling system.
It would essentially be a miniaturized version of the LOSAT (line-of-sight antitank) missile the Army is buying for light infantry forces.
Apart from the M113 vehicle's relative lack of armour protection and mobility compared to the Abrams and Bradley, even the most recently deployed version of the TOW, the TOW2A, is considered to have shortcomings against new Soviet armour in the Line-Of-Sight Anti-Tank (LOSAT) role.
The Army has therefore placed its top priority for AAWS-M LOSAT on the development of a hypervelocity Kinetic Energy Missile (KEM) system by LTV.
PHOTO : LTV's laser-guided LOSAT kinetic energy missile is a priority Army development to defeat