IFCS has added capacities for the launcher fire control system to accommodate complex munitions and modern computer electronics: e.g., video display, onboard navigation package with satellite-based GPS, architecture for ultra-fast processing, and all mission software onboard. ILMS aims the launcher in 16 seconds (vs. the current 93 seconds) and cuts reload times by 38%. Together, IFCS/ILMS permits 60% less time at the launch site, increases reliability by 45%, reduces O&S costs, and provides the growth to accommodate future weapons. This translates to faster response times, more fire missions per launcher, and greatly improved system survivability. Fielding is projected for FY 2000.
High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)
To extend heavyweight fire support to early entry forces, HIMARS adapts MLRS launcher capabilities to the 5-ton, 6x6 all-wheel drive FMTV (family of medium tactical vehicles) truck. HIMARS features:
MFOM munitions give HIMARS the range to support maneuver elements and win the counterfire battle. IFCS modifications can be installed in HIMARS prototypes in mid-FY 1999. Currently in ACTD, following maturation, HIMARS will be M270A1 compatible in operation and maintenance. To extend heavyweight fire support to early entry forces, HIMARS adapts MLRS launcher capabilities to the 5-ton, 6x6 all-wheel drive FMTV (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles) truck.