Eurosatory 2014

Firing trial is spot on (ES14E4)

19 June 2014

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (Hall 5, Stands H81 and H337) has revealed at Eurosatory that it recently successfully completed a number of firing trials of its missiles launched from the Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle (LRSAV) turreted weapon system. These were conducted at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, USA, with the LRSAV integrated onto a Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) platform. The LRSAV has been developed by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in just nine months using internal research and development funding to meet potential emerging home and export requirements.

LRSAV is a fully integrated turreted ground vehicle weapon system that incorporates advanced missile and weapon control technologies and a recently developed 15in spherical mast-mounted electro-optical/ infrared sensor to enable targeting and deployment of missiles from a wide range of surface platforms.

During these tests, the vehicle-mounted LRSAV system successfully launched a Hellfire II missile that impacted the target at a range of 6.4km. The shorter range target was successfully engaged by a DAGR 70mm (2.75in) missile at a range of 3.5km.

In the latter case, the target was designated by an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter equipped with the Lockheed Martin Modernised Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS).

Lockheed Martin also revealed that a trial had taken place in the UK of the German Boxer Multi- Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) fitted with a Lockheed Martin developed two-person turret.

This was armed with an ATK Armament Systems 30mm MK44 dual feed cannon and a twin launcher for the Javelin missile on the right side, developed to meet the potential requirement of an unidentified export customer in co-operation with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.

During the initial firing trials, 27 rounds of 30mm ammunition were fired at a ranges of 800 to 1,500m, with the Javelin impacting the target at a range of 1,000m.

Under contract to General Dynamics UK, Lockheed Martin UK is developing the turret for the Specialist Vehicle Scout. It is also prime contractor for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme that includes an upgraded existing turret armed with a 40mm CTAI cannon.

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