Lockheed Martin selects GE Fanuc Embedded Systems for U.S. Army non-line-of-sight launch-system platform computer

Executives at Lockheed Martin’s Littoral Ships & Systems in Baltimore sought a technology partner in the development of the non-line-of-sight launch system (NLOS-LS), one of 18 platforms commissioned by the U.S. Army as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) initiative.

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Executives at Lockheed Martin’s Littoral Ships & Systems in Baltimore sought a technology partner in the development of the non-line-of-sight launch system (NLOS-LS), one of 18 platforms commissioned by the U.S. Army as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) initiative.

Lockheed Martin engineers selected GE Fanuc Embedded Systems’s acquisition, Radstone Embedded Computing in Towcester, England, to provide the processing subsystem that will control the first spin out of the NLOS-LS. In fact, Radstone management has received an order worth more than $1 million for initial development systems.

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The GE Fanuc processing subsystem selected by Lockheed Martin combines an adapted version of one of the company’s standard rugged enclosures, a compact-PCI 6U CP1A single-board computer with an I/O PMC daughter card, a CPX24 rugged Gigabit Ethernet switch, and a Radstone multifunction I/O (MFIO) board.

“We have been working together with the U.S. Army for some time to help them prove the NLOS-LS concept,” says Peter Cavill of GE Fanuc Embedded Systems. GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is providing Lockheed Martin a flexible commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution that has reduced program risk and reduced development time, enabling first demonstrations to take place earlier than otherwise possible, he continues.

The NLOS-LS-being developed for the U.S. Army by Netfires LLC, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon in Tucson, Ariz.-uses a common vertical-launch container launch unit (CLU) with 15 missile launch chambers and integrated command and control equipment.

For more information, visit GE Fanuc Embedded Systems online at www.gefanucembedded.com.

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