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Raytheon demonstrates Stinger with Javelin LWCLU in CUAS role

Raytheon Missiles & Defence has revealed that it successfully completed the first ever demonstration of an FIM-92J Stinger PROX surface-to-air missile launched from the Javelin Weapon System’s upgraded Light Weight Command Launch Unit (LWCLU) in a counter-unmanned aircraft system (CUAS) application last year.

Conducted on 8 September 2020 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, but disclosed in early March this year, the Stinger/LWCLU synergy demonstration to the US Army provided for multiple engagements of Class I/II UAS threats at ranges of 1 and 2 km, including the UAS threat detection with the LWCLU out to 5 km.

During the demonstration, soldiers from the Mississippi National Guard used an AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel radar simulator and a Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) system to track the target UAS, enabling the gunner to engage the aerial target with a FIM-92J Stinger PROX missile through the networked LWCLU.

The LWCLU is part of a long-term funded evolution of the manportable/platform integrated Javelin Weapon System. Designed to reduce unit cost and weight of the system and improve its lethality against non-armoured targets, the initiative provides for a three-phase spiral development of the Javelin missile, and an upgrade to the Block 1 CLU.

In its final phase of development, the new LWCLU is approximately 30% smaller and lighter than the Block 1 CLU, and increases the DRI visual range performance of the day camera and high definition night camera by ‘more than double’. (Raytheon Missiles & Defense)

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