Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DAGR rocket tested using JLTV vehicle

The Direct Attack Guided Rocket (DAGR) from Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated its ability to be surface launched from a vehicle or vessel. The tests were conducted from M299 launchers fitted to a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

The precision guided DAGR is based on the Hydra 70 rocket, but much improved with features such as lock-on-after-launch (LOAL) and lock-on-before-launch (LOBL) capability. It is compatible and can be fitted on existing Hellfire II systems and launchers.

The DAGR can be launched from both the surface and air, and has:
  • a length of 1.9 m
  • a diameter of 70 mm
  • a wingspan of 222 mm
  • a weight of 15.8 kg
  • a warhead of 5 kg
  • a range of 5 km at sea-level
  • a range of 12 km at 20000 feet
It is guided by a semi-active laser seeker and has an accuracy of up to 1 meter.

The 4x4 wheeled JLTV is to succeed the Humvee currently in service, but designed to be more survivable and carry greater payload than its predecessor. It will be able to fill the roles its predecessor was not designed for, but is expected to perform.

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