Low Cost Autonomous Attack System
Artist conception of LOCAAS
|Type||Small submunition-type missile|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Mass||100 pounds (45 kg)|
|Length||36 inches (91 cm)|
|Warhead||Explosively formed projectile|
|Warhead weight||17 lb (7.7 kg)|
|Engine||Technical Directions TDI-J45G turbojet|
30 lbf (0.13 kN) thrust
|Wingspan||3 ft 10.5 in (1.181 m)|
|over 100 mi (160 km)|
30 minute loiter time
|Flight altitude||750 feet (230 m)|
|Speed||230 miles per hour (370 km/h)|
|Bomber aircraft; MGM-140 missiles|
The Low Cost Autonomous Attack System (LOCAAS). In 1998 the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Lockheed Martin began to examine the feasibility of a small, affordable cruise missile weapon for use against armoured and unarmoured vehicles, materiel and personnel, and if so develop a demonstration program. The program has cost approx. $150,000,000 so far; the cost per unit is calculated to be $30,000 based on a production of 12,000 units.
After being launched from a weapon platform, it is guided by GPS/INS to the target general area, where it can loiter. A laser radar (LIDAR or LADAR) illuminates the targets, determines their range, and matches their 3-D geometry with pre-loaded signatures. The LOCAAS system then selects the highest priority target and selects the warhead's mode for the best effect.
It is part of the Small Bomb System (SBS) program. The LOCAAS has been cancelled.
- Weight: 100 lb (45 kg)
- Length: 36 in (910 mm)
- Speed: 200 knots (370 km/h)
- Search altitude: 750 ft (230 m)
- Footprint: 25 sq nmi (86 km2)
- Motor: 30 lbf (130 N) thrust class turbojet.
- Range: >100 nmi (190 km)
- Loiter time: 30 min max.
- Guidance: GPS/INS with LADAR terminal seeker
- Warhead: 7.7 kg (17 lb) multi-mode explosively formed projectile (long rod penetrator, aerostable slug or fragmentation)
- Vertical Launch Autonomous Attack System (VLAAS)
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