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US Army completes LTLM II airborne testing

8th June 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Army has completed the final phases of airborne testing for the Laser Target Locator Module (LTLM II).

The ruggedised LTLM II is designed to provide accurate targeting data to dismounted squads, allowing them to execute effective fires with artillery and mortars in harsh weather conditions and austere locations.

With reduced size and weight from its predecessors the LTLM II is a lightweight, day/night system. The system provides accurate targeting data, helping reduce threats to non-combatants and civilian structures in built up and urban environments.

As part of the airborne testing, 22 static line and 22 military free fall test iterations simulating forced entry operations were conducted. Following the daylight jumps, paratroopers were presented a series of ground targets during hours of limited visibility and were required to determine range to target, direction and vertical angle to target.

According to the army, during the testing all systems evaluated were found to be 100% mission capable subsequent to airborne infiltration.

The successful airborne test trials will result in paratroopers army-wide employing the LTLM II to deliver more accurate and timely fire support assets subsequent to forced entry operations and during follow on missions.

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