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Posted: 3/28/2006 9:11:10 AM EDT
NetFires LLC Successfully Conducts Navy Ballistic Flight Test for the NLOS-LS Precision Attack Missile



TUCSON, Ariz., March 28, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- The NetFires Limited
Liability Company (LLC), composed of Raytheon Missile Systems and Lockheed
Martin Missiles and Fire Control, successfully conducted a ballistic test
vehicle (BTV) flight test for the Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System (NLOS-LS)
Precision Attack Missile (PAM) at the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., test range
Feb. 16.

The successful PAM flight test represents a significant milestone for
both the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) weaponization goals and for
the NLOS-LS program. NLOS-LS PAM and Container Launch Unit (CLU) have been
selected as a surface warfare weapon for the LCS, the Navy's next-generation
multi-mission ship.

The PAM missile BTV was vertically launched from the NLOS-LS CLU that was
integrated onto a motion simulator. The ship motion simulator is able to
replicate a range of sea conditions that the LCS is likely to encounter while
under way. The PAM BTV flight test was conducted in upper-sea-state-three
conditions to demonstrate the safe egress of the PAM missile from the CLU. Sea
state three represents conditions where a vessel experiences three- to
five-foot waves and winds exceeding 15 knots.

"We're extremely pleased with this first shoot-on-the-move demonstration
of the combined PAM and CLU," said Nelson B. Mills, LCS Surface Warfare
project lead, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va. "The PAM missile's
performance specification for the U. S. Navy requires that the missile is
capable of being fired from a moving platform experiencing diverse movements
along all three axes. This demonstration was a significant accomplishment in
engineering for the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship as well as the Army's Future
Combat System."

"The successful PAM BTV flight test for the Navy is another example of the
demonstrated technical maturity of the NLOS-LS PAM missile and CLU," said
Scott Speet, executive vice president of the NetFires LLC and Raytheon's
NLOS-LS program director. "The ability of the PAM and the CLU to meet the
Navy and Army performance requirements is a credit to the design team and the
close system engineering work between Raytheon and our Navy and Army
customers."

The NLOS-LS system consists of Raytheon's PAM, Lockheed Martin's Loitering
Attack Missile and a joint CLU. In 2004, the Army accelerated fielding of the
Raytheon PAM and joint CLU to the Army's Evaluation Brigade Combat Team into
Spin Out 1 in fiscal year 2008.

The Navy selected NLOS-LS PAM and CLU as the premier engagement capability
against surface warfare threats for the Littoral Combat Ship. The Navy
expects to build more than 50 LCSs with the first ships commissioned in fiscal
year 2008.

NLOS-LS provides a commander with immediate, precise and responsive fires
on high-payoff targets with real-time target acquisition and battle effects.
PAM is a direct-attack missile that is effective against moving and stationary
targets on land and sea at ranges from zero to 21 nautical miles and is
effective against hard and soft targets. The missile includes a networked
datalink that provides in-flight updates to each missile with ground and
airborne sensor nodes and has a large multi-mode warhead effective against
both hard and soft targets.

Link Posted: 3/28/2006 1:46:48 PM EDT
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