Lockheed Martin has successfully test-fired a direct attack guided rocket (DAGR), launching it from an airborne OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
DAGR, a semi-active laser guidance kit, adapts to 2.75in rockets and provides guided-rocket performance similar to the laser-guided Hellfire II missile.
It was developed as a precision-strike, air-to-ground weapon for non-armoured or lightly armoured, high-value targets close to civilian assets or friendly forces.
DAGR can be mounted on the same launcher as the Hellfire missile to increase operational flexibility and cost-effective multimission capability from a single platform.
During the recent airborne tests, two DAGR rockets launched from the OH-58D Kiowa, at ranges of 3.5km and 5km, successfully hit the target within one metre of the laser aimpoint.