Cobham Weapons Launcher Positioner Supports Successful HELLFIRE and DAGR Missile Tests

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Cobham’s WLP-1000 weapons launcher positioner successfully supported Lockheed Martin’s successful test firings of HELLFIRE and DAGR missiles from its Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle (LRSAV) during recent ground-to-ground tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

The WLP-1000 is a compact, lightweight, military ruggedised launcher positioner that is weapons and platform agnostic. The positioner is easily configured to support existing M299; M310, M260, M261, and LAU-10 launchers. This modular two-axis positioning system is optimised for size, weight, and power (SWaP), and incorporates a MIL-qualified servo control module for closed loop azimuth and elevation slewing and positioning.

For the live-fire demonstration, the Cobham positioner was configured with four M299 launcher rails, associated cables and electronics, providing full compatibility with HELLFIRE® II and DAGR missiles. DAGR’s rail-mounted canister attaches to the pedestal launch rails as it would on a standard HELLFIRE launcher designed for aircraft. Two test firings were conducted, one HELLFIRE and one DAGR, with flawless performance by the Cobham positioner.

Cobham Defense Electronics Business Development vice-president Jeff Hassannia said, "Cobham is committed to supporting our customers with innovative solutions to complex engineering challenges."

The WLP-1000 launcher positioner was developed by Cobham in 2012, and has supported three other successful HELLFIRE and DAGR ground-ground tests, including one from the Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

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