by Richard Tomkins
Tucson (UPI) Jul 31, 2013
Raytheon's Talon laser-guided rocket has been fired from an MD 530G helicopter to demonstrate its multi-platform capability.
The small rocket, co-developed with the United Arab Emirates, needs no hardware or software modifications to the launcher or aircraft platform for any aircraft that fires 2.75-inch Hydra-70 unguided rockets using the standard M260/261 launchers.
Talon is also compatible with existing airborne and ground laser designation systems.
"This test further demonstrates the maturity of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket weapon system as a complement to MD's AAS platform," said Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon TALON program director. "These test shots included four firings showcasing Talon's versatility over the entire firing envelope with direct hits for all events.
"In just a few months, Raytheon worked closely with MD to integrate TALON onto the MD 530G, subjecting the helicopter and rocket to number of realistic mission profiles. The successful testing once again demonstrated TALON's precision guidance capabilities."
The tests with the MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter took place at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. The tests follow achievement of certification for the weapon to be fired from Apache helicopters and earlier test firings from naval platforms for use against swarming small vessels.
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