Raytheon fires four TALON laser-guided rock­ets from MD 530G He­li­copter


aytheon Company and MD He­li­copters, Inc. suc­cess­fully fired four TALON laser guided rock­ets from the MD 530G armed aerial scout (AAS) he­li­copter dur­ing a se­ries of tests at Yuma Prov­ing Ground, Ari­zona.

“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, Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor. “Th­ese test shots in­cluded four fir­ings show­cas­ing TALON’s ver­sa­til­ity over the en­tire fir­ing en­ve­lope with di­rect hits for all events.”

TALON LGR is a low-cost, dig­i­tal semi-ac­tive laser guid­ance and con­trol kit co-de­vel­oped with the United Arab Emi­rates. TALON’s guid­ance sec­tion in­te­grates di­rectly to the front of the legacy 2.75-inch Hy­dra-70 un­guided rock­ets while its unique tail kit re­places the legacy Hy­dra-70 wrap­around tail kit.

“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,” said Kre­it­man. “The suc­cess­ful test­ing once again demon­strated TALON’s pre­ci­sion guid­ance ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

Dur­ing TALON’s de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme and test pro­gramme, Raytheon com­pleted more than 35 TALON fir­ings from the AH-64D Apache, which has re­sulted in a so­lu­tion that is ready for the in­ter­na­tional di­rect com­mer­cial sales cus­tomers to­day.

Raytheon’s TALON re­quires 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.

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