Lockheed Martin Hellfire missiles have been fired from a ground vehicle for the first time using a Moog third-generation stores management system. The SMS provides the interface between the targeting sensors, operator stations, command and control systems, and the weapon launchers.
Firing tests were undertaken at the Eglin AFB range in Florida and employed a four-round launcher on a ground vehicle. During the tests, two Hellfires and two Lockheed Martin DAGR laser-guided rockets were fired. The DAGR is a modification of a standard 70mm unguided rocket with a laser guidance package. It uses the same interfaces and designation system as the Hellfire.
Following the successful ground launch test, Moog is planning a trial at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona in the coming weeks of the SMS fitted in a light attack helicopter. The helicopter SMS includes a rocket interface unit, and will be used to control the firing of Dillon Aero M134 Minigun, FN Herstal M3 0.50in machine gun and Hydra 70 rockets, including unguided M151 and the Raytheon Talon. The latter is a laser-guided rocket that is a competitor to DAGR.
Moog (Hall 6, Stand FE438) is promoting its new SMS for a range of applications, including helicopters. The system is already flying in the Bell 407GT and MD Helicopters MD530G, and the company provides the mission system for the MD Helicopters MD540A armed scout, which was shown for the first time outside the USA at last month’s SOFEX show in Jordan.