MBDA’S Viper strike mu­ni­tion scores di­rect hits against high speed tar­gets

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

MBDA In­cor­po­rated’s GBU-44/E Viper Strike mu­ni­tion, launched from a Cessna Car­a­van test air­craft, scored di­rect hits against high speed ve­hi­cles in a re­cent two-day test. Dur­ing a US Gov­ern­ment-spon­sored test at White Sands Mis­sile Range in New Mex­ico, Viper Strike suc­cess­fully hit eight ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling at ex­tremely high speeds in vary­ing re­al­is­tic sce­nar­ios.

“This proven high-speed tar­get at­tack ca­pa­bil­ity is a game-changer for warfight­ers that need to hit very fast ve­hi­cles with great pre­ci­sion and from any di­rec­tion of at­tack” said Tom Bien, Viper Strike’s Pro­gramme Man­ager.

Viper Strike has been used in com­bat by both manned and un­manned air­craft, and will de­ploy next on the US Marine Corps’ KC-130J Har­vest Hawk air­craft. Viper Strike is launched from a com­mon launch tube that can be car­ried ei­ther in­ter­nally or ex­ter­nally from the host air­craft, he­li­copter or UAV.

Viper Strike is a glide mu­ni­tion ca­pa­ble of pre­cisely hit­ting tar­gets from ex­tended stand-off ranges us­ing GPSaided nav­i­ga­tion and an end-game, semi­ac­tive laser seeker. Its small, 44-lb. highly ag­ile air­frame and quiet at­tack pro­file pro­vides a covert launch and low col­lat­eral dam­age ef­fects against sta­tion­ary and high speed mov­ing tar­gets. Us­ing Viper Strike’s new fast-at­tack soft­ware, the weapon has proven that it can be quickly em­ployed against mov­ing tar­gets by both air-des­ig­nated and ground-des­ig­nated tar­gets.

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