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18 Feb 15. Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, recently collaborated with EOS and Orbital ATK for a live fire demonstration at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The Oshkosh® MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Standard Base (SXB) was outfitted with an EOS R-400 fire control system integrated with Orbital ATK’s M230LF 30mm lightweight automatic chain gun to demonstrate the viability and lethal effectiveness of a medium caliber weapon system equipped M-ATV. The combat-proven Oshkosh M-ATV is designed to accommodate a wide variety of weapon systems. Its exceptional off-road mobility and integrated protection provide capabilities for the most challenging operations. This live fire demonstration showcased improved accuracy in mobile engagements and integrated improved lethality on the M-ATV using a multi-role, multi-target automatic gun combined with a 3-axis stabilized Remote Weapon Station (RWS). Advanced performance data was captured from both the vehicle and the weapon system during the demonstration that included weapon and ammunition data, range and ambient environment, and vehicle attitude and dynamics.
“On the modern battlefield, it is critical to have optimal protected mobility and fully integrated weapon systems,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh M-ATV family of vehicles offers great design flexibility to meet a full range of mission requirements, protection levels, and weapon system integration capabilities.”
The advanced technology of the R400S-Mk2 combined with the lightweight 30mm Orbital ATK M230 LF cannon provides light and medium tactical vehicles with unprecedented access to firepower normally reserved for much heavier combat vehicles. This collaborative approach provides mobile precise lethality and MRAP levels of protection to ensure crew safety. The Mk2 remains a single weapon station specifically developed to provide 30 mm firepower in a high precision weapon system weighing less than 400 kg. The mount has 3-axis stabilization (roll, pitch and yaw axes) utilizing Fibre Optic Gyros (FOGs) and digital stabilization control. The stabilization is optimized for the platform as well as the weapon firing rate and recoil forces. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
19 Feb 15. The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) built by Lockheed Martin achieved a third successful air-launched flight test, with the missile performing as expected during low altitude flight. The test, conducted on Feb. 4, was in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy joint-service LRASM program. Flying over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, released the LRASM prototype, which navigated through planned waypoints receiving in-flight targeting updates from the weapon data link.
“LRASM continues to prove its maturity and capabilities in this flight test program,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM air launch program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “This much-needed weapon seeks to provide a new capability that would enable deep strike in previously denied battle environments.”
LRASM is a precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile leveraging the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in a robust anti-access/area-denial threat environment. JASSM-ER, which recently completed its operational test program, provides a significant number of parts and assembly-process synergies with LRASM, resulting in cost savings for the U.S. Navy and Air Force Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare