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NLOS-C unveiled on Capitol Hill.


Prototype 1 of the Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon was unveiled last June 12 on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. A total of eight such prototypes will eventually be delivered to Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, by 2010.

There, Army scientists will put the prototypes through rigorous testing to ensure they meet performance requirements. US Senator Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George Casey Jr., viewed the system.

Casey said the unveiling is a milestone in Future Combat Systems development. "We have been talking and briefing and telling people about the FCS, and fight here today it is real. After a decade of hard work and planning and effort, it is real," he said. The NLOS-C is one of the eight manned ground vehicles in Future Combat Systems.

The NLOS-C is much different than all the other combat vehicles produced by the Army thus far. Advanced NLOS-C technology such as an automated loading system and improved accuracy through a projectile tracking system, coupled with the power of the FCS network and sensors, provides the NLOS-C's two-man artillery crew with capability to quickly deliver highly accurate sustained fires for close support and destructive fires for standoff engagements. This networked capability is important during both counter insurgency and conventional fights.

This the first howitzer manned by a team of only two Soldiers. The cockpit is so designed Soldiers operate all vehicle operations in a comfortable, climate-controlled, user-friendly fashion. The advanced technology created for the NLOS-C will also be used in the other Manned Ground Vehicles creating commonality and reducing operations and support burden.

The NLOS-C is also the first combat vehicle with a hybrid electric drive system, a system generating its own electricity, recharging its own batteries and using less fuel. The NLOS-C's band tracks are lightweight highly durable and provide a superior ride quality. Along with active suspension, these band tracks allow the vehicle to move at increased cross-country speeds.

The fully automated ammunition handling system holds 155mm projectiles and Modular Artillery Charge System propelling charges. The automation eliminates the physical handling of ammunition weighing more than 100 pounds and provides Soldiers the ability to fire rounds at sustained rates with the push of a button.--US Army News Service
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Date:Oct 1, 2008
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