Talon laser-guided rocket successfully completes second test-firing


Raytheon and L-3 have test-fired the Talon remote-rocket weapon system (Talon RRWS) on an L-3 advanced remote weapon station, using an LAU-68 launcher.

During the test, which is the second successful launch after a proof-of-principal test in January, the Talon laser-guided rocket was illuminated by a laser designator on the weapon system and successfully hit the target.

Raytheon Naval and Area Mission Defense product line vice-president Rick Nelson said: "This system represents an affordable and effective solution to the increasing demand for small-ship protection from swarming surface threats.

"This innovative combination provides a cost-effective, lightweight solution that can be installed on the majority of small ships."

"Raytheon's Talon, combined with L-3's sensors and advanced remote weapon station, provides digital, semi-active laser accuracy that is available today."

Boasting a capacity to carry up to seven Talons, the self-contained remote-rocket weapon system features an electro-optical sensor and laser designator, weighing approximately 500lb.

Capable of being integrated on vessels ranging in size from riverine to major surface combatants, the weapon system deploys a target queue to employ on-mount target tracking and defend small vessels against swarming boat threats.

L-3 Integrated Optical Systems Brashear facility vice-president and general manager Dave Wessing said: "L-3 and Raytheon recognised that small ships need an affordable self-defence capability that also provides enhanced fire power.

"This innovative combination provides a cost-effective, lightweight solution that can be installed on the majority of small ships today."

Talon features digital, semi-active laser technology to deliver precise accuracy at a low cost for 2.75in / 70mm rockets, while supporting sea, air and ground launch applications.

The advanced remote weapon station, which aims to provide multiple sensor options for detection, tracking and targeting, does not require deck penetration and can also be configured for medium calibre weapons or 2.75in rockets.

Defence Technology