WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today traveled to Minneapolis, MN to the headquarters and central engineering site of BAE Systems for rollout of the first Non-Line-of-Site (NLOS) Cannon prototype. Inhofe accompanied Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army General George W. Casey to the event, where they toured the BAE Armaments Systems facility and participated in a press conference.
“As the first fully integrated Manned Ground Vehicle (MGV), today’s rollout of the NLOS-C is a milestone for the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program,” Inhofe said. “Oklahoma will play a major role in upgrading the Army, with Elgin, OK being one of few sites nationwide that will integrate NLOS-C.
“The force of the future requires greater maneuverability, speed, survivability, and accuracy, and the NLOS-C and FCS are essential to that end.”
Beginning this summer, Oklahomans who have been hired at the new Elgin facility will travel to Minnesota for training at the BAE facility, before the opening of the first Elgin facility on August 25th.
Senator Inhofe and General Casey also participated in the Senate Army Caucus Breakfast on Thursday where they honored military spouses and families for the sacrifices they make in the service of our country.
“I am humbled by the sacrifices military spouses make,” Senator Inhofe said at the event. “From moving, to changing jobs, finding adequate housing, reestablishing roots, volunteering on and off post, being a mother and father at the same time, and continuously supporting soldiers while at home and deployed, it is clear that the strength of our soldiers comes from the strength of their families.
“It is our duty in Congress to ensure that these families have the peace of mind in knowing that these soldiers in harm’s way have the best training and equipment available.”
Please find attached a picture of Sen. Inhofe in front of the NLOS-C after its first operational test and public appearance with (from Left to Right) Lt. Col. Robert McVay, Brig. Gen. David Ogg, Gen. George Casey, and Col. Bryan McVeigh.