REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Raytheon said Monday NetFires had handed over new Future Combat System units to the U.S. Army.
"NetFires LLC, a joint venture between Raytheon Company's Missile Systems business and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, delivered the first two Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System Container Launch Units to Army Evaluation Task Force soldiers in Fort Bliss, Texas," Raytheon said in a statement.
"The NLOS-LS CLU is the first Future Combat System equipment to be delivered, taking FCS closer to providing the war fighter a much-needed precision weapon system capable of engaging both moving and stationary targets," the company said.
"Putting real hardware on schedule and in the hands of soldiers is what we are all about," said Col. Doug Dever, the Army's Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System project manager. "This is the first FCS Spin Out 1 system to be delivered. It is a credit to the dedication and outstanding cooperation of the LLC, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy teams."
"During the next year, the FCS Army Evaluation Task Force will evaluate operational concepts, conduct testing and training and provide continuous feedback on NLOS-LS equipment at Fort Bliss, allowing the Army to evaluate technologies and develop tactics, techniques and procedures," Raytheon said.
"I am excited to see new, innovative equipment in the hands of our soldiers that will provide the brigade combat team commander with an organic capability to precisely engage moving targets," said Col. Gary Kinne, Army Training and Doctrine Command capabilities manager for rockets and missiles. "NLOS-LS is envisioned to provide the soldier precision -- one shot, one kill."
"Having NLOS-LS on the ground, on time and interoperable with the current force, as well as ready to progress with the Future Combat System, says it all," said Steve Bramlett, the Army's NLOS-LS CLU product manager.