The Screening Obscuration Module (SOM) will provide a man- portable mountable and dismountable medium-area visual screening obscuration capability for the warfighter. The SOM will increase platform survivability and Soldier protection levels of maneuver forces by degrading enemy forces ability to detect U.S. targets in the visual and near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The SOM will utilize miniaturized obscuration generator technology to produce an effective visual obscuration cloud to screen against enemy forces. The individual Soldier or team will employ SOM devices on open and complex terrain.
BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER
SOM provides a modernized medium-area medium-duration mountable and dismountable visual to near infrared screening capability for maneuver forces.
Produces an effective screening cloud size of 204 x 12 meters for up to 12 minutes without refueling
3QFY17: Preliminary Design Review
4QFY18: Critical Design Review
FY19-FY23: Development, Production and Deployment
FY20: Milestone C – Production and Deployment