23-Dec-2014 Source: Bell
L-3 WESCAM announced today that its MX™-15D designating turret was successfully used during a weapons demonstration on the Bell Boeing V-22
Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The demonstration effort is part of the Advanced Technology Tiltrotor (ATTR) program. Through a cooperative agreement between Bell Helicopter and L-3 WESCAM, the first time designating trials were recently conducted over a 14-day period in November at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
“Flight trials were conducted to demonstrate the armed capability of the V-22 with precision and non-precision forward-firing weapons,” said Paul Jennison, vice president of government sales and business development for L-3 WESCAM. “The MX-15D was chosen to support the trials because of its field-proven laser designation performance when flown from SOCOM and AFSOC aircraft, both of which also fire precision laser-guided munitions.”
During the trials, the V-22 Osprey successfully launched conventional 70mm (2.75″) rockets, BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) and Raytheon’s Griffin® B lightweight precision-guided missiles.
Another key successful trial of L-3 WESCAM’s MX-15D concluded in March 2013 when the system obtained Bell Helicopter’s qualification as an optional advanced targeting system for the company’s 407GT tactical helicopter.
L‐3’s MX‐15D is a multi‐sensor, multi‐spectral targeting system ideal for military operations,including medium-altitude covert intelligence, urveillance and reconnaissance; armed reconnaissance; CSAR; and target designation missions. The MX‐15D is the only stabilized turret solution that enables customers to incorporate up to five separate digital imaging and four
discrete laser capabilities into their configuration.
L-3 WESCAM is a world leader in the design and manufacture of stabilized, multi-spectralimaging systems. To learn more about L-3 WESCAM, please visit the company’s website at www.wescam.com.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2013 (revised) sales of $12.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.
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