USMC: Non-Lethal Indirect Fire Munition (NL-IDFM)

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July 31, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: July 31 on

The Non-Lethal – Indirect Fire Munition (NL-IDFM) will allow our Corps’ forces to achieve visual and auditory suppression of targets at range while minimizing the risk of significant injury (RSI) by integrating an enhanced pyrotechnic payload with an existing 81mm mortar cartridge.

The NL-IDFM leverages the:

2003 Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) Tank Automotive and Armaments Command
Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) Technology Insertion Program
the results from the Mission Payload Module Non-lethal Weapon System Technology Development phase
the results from FY11 NL-IDFM human effects Modeling and Simulation

These leverages conclusively demonstrate that the NL-IDFM desired human effects are achievable with an existing 81 mm mortar cartridge.

Operational Impact:  NL-IDFM will provide significant improvements in range, duration of effects, area coverage, and non-lethal effects when compared to current non-lethal weapon systems. The NL-IDFM will be designed to suppress personnel with minimal RSI, and can be selectively employed in order to provide a graduated response option across the ROMOs to deny an area, warn or move individuals, and suppress threats.