Hydra, Awakened: Guided Air-Ground Rockets
More TALON naval/ land testing; TALON RRWS detailed.
Oct 29/14: Testing. Raytheon and L-3 hold a 2nd firing test of the TALON Rocket Remote Weapon System (RRWS), which is meant for naval deployment on small boats but could be added to land vehicles. In this test, the RRWS received positioning information from a different sensor, followed by acquisition, designation, and a hit. The release also describe the RRWS in more detail, which weighs about 500 pounds:
“The TALON was fired from a LAU-68 launcher fitted to L-3’s Advanced Remote Weapon Station, using the company’s O•N•E 360™ situational awareness imaging system, and Sonoma 1205MD™ turret for laser designation. TALON RRWS has equipment from L-3’s Integrated Optical Systems, Sonoma EO and KEO business units.”
All links were added by DID. Sources: Raytheon, “Raytheon, L-3 complete second successful firing of TALON Rocket Remote Weapon System”.
Sen. Leahy’s [D-VT] worked in the mid-2000s to keep the Hydra 70mm rocket family alive through special appropriations, just in time for the Hydras’ potential on the battlefield to rise again. The key was the addition of low-cost precision guidance, which would expand the number of precision weapons carried by helicopters, aircraft, and even UAVs.
Over the last few years, the US Army’s 2nd attempt at an APKWS 70mm guided rocket had a near-death experience, before righting the program with Navy funding. Meanwhile, private development efforts are introducing new competitors into the precision-guided rocket space: Lockheed Martin, Thales TDA, and a raft of international partnerships involving major defense firms and partners in Korea, the UAE, Canada/Norway, and Israel. This DID FOCUS article covers the most prominent competitors within the guided rocket trend. Their products will sit between full anti-armor missiles like Hellfire, TOW, and Brimstone, and an emerging class of ultra-small precision attack weapons like Northrop Grumman’s Viper Strike, Raytheon’s Griffin, etc.
APKWS II: “To be, or not to be…”
Lockheed Martin: Is this a DAGR I see before me…?
LOGIR: “…the heavenly-harnessed team/ Begins his golden progress in the east…”
Raytheon and the UAE’s TALON: “Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie…”
Other Entries: “Come unto these yellow sands…”
Turkey: Roketsan’s CIRIT
GATR-L (Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket – Laser).
SYROCOT (Systeme de Roquette A Corrections de Trajectoire)
Bigger Boom: 127mm Zuni rocket options
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Background: Rockets & Competitors
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