US services step up loitering munition requirements

15 May 2019

The United States armed services are seeking options for new stand-off loitering munition capabilities.

In April the US Army Contracting Command issued a request for information (RFI) for a potential Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) loitering munition capability to provide the individual army operator with lethal effects against a stationary and moving target threat set that includes 'personnel and light-duty vehicles.'

The army's LMAMS capability is envisioned as a "loitering, precision-guided system, organic at the small unit level that enables engagement of enemy combatants without exposing the Warfighter to direct enemy fires". According to the RFI, "Notional LMAMS system components may consist of: 1) an all-up-round missile (includes airframe, sensors, integrated guidance, warhead, data link, and launcher) and 2) [a] Fire Control Unit (providing functions such as data link, operator interface, and mission preparation and execution functions) that is notionally day/night readable [and] provides the user [with] real-time video and control of the missile."

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