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XM1203 NLOS-C

Prototype 155 mm self-propelled howitzer

XM1203 NLOS-C

The XM1203 NLOS-C self-propelled howitzer uses technology of the cancelled Crusader

 
 
Country of origin United States
Entered service -
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 27 t
Length (gun forward) ?
Hull length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Armament
Main gun 155 mm
Barrel length 38 calibers
Machine guns ?
Projectile weight (M795 HE) 47.5 kg
Maximum firing range over 30 km
Maximum rate of fire ~ 10 rpm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 24 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine hybrid diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ?
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.7 m
Trench ~ 1.8 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The XM1203 NLOS-C or Non-Line-Of-Sight Cannon was a US development. This artillery system used technology from the cancelled XM2001 Crusader. The NLOS-C system was a part of proposed Future Combat Systems development program. It was aimed to replace the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers. The first XM1203 prototype was completed in 2008. However the NLOS-C never reached production due to funding problems and other reasons. Some of its technologies were later used on the M109A7 howitzer.

   The NLOS-C was fitted with a 155 mm/L38 howitzer and fully automated ammunition loading system. It used autoloader from the cancelled Crusader. This eliminated physical handling of ammunition. The XM1203 fired shells at sustained rate with a push of a button. Maximum range of fire was 30 km with a standard High Explosive (HE) projectile. The XM1203 NLOS-C provides precision attack of point and area targets. This artillery system is capable of multiple round simultaneous impact firing. The XM1203 was also capable of firing precision guided munitions, such as the M982 Excalibur extended range GPS-guided rounds. Estimated maximum rate of fire was around 10 rounds per minute.

   The NLOS-C incorporated active and passive protection systems, including specially designed ceramic armor and anti-RPG protection system to enhance crew and platform survivability against all types of battlefield threats. It was also fitted with an NBC protection system.

   Prototype had no defensive armament, however this artillery system could be easily fitted with a heavy machine gun for self-defense.

   This artillery system had a crew of jus two. The crew was reduced due to full automation of the system. Refueling of this artillery system was arranged automatically. Reloading also did not required for the crew members to step outside the vehicle.

   The NLOS-C used tracked chassis, which was a member of a Future Combat System family. This chassis was designed to have 75-80% commonality. The NLOS-C was powered by a diesel engine and hybrid electric propulsion system. This chassis was specially designed to improve mobility, reduce fuel consumption and offer silent mobility capabilities. The NLOS-C could be airlifted by the Airbus A400M and similar military transport aircraft.

 

 

 
XM1203 NLOS-C

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