TALON laser-guided rocket completes second test firing

30 October 2014 (Last Updated October 30th, 2014 18:30)

Raytheon and L-3 have test fired the TALON rocket remote weapon system (TALON RRWS) on board an L-3 Advanced Remote Weapon Station using an LAU-68 launcher, marking second successful launch after a proof-of-principal test in January.

Raytheon and L-3 have test-fired the TALON rocket remote weapon system (TALON RRWS) on board an L-3 Advanced Remote Weapon Station using an LAU-68 launcher, marking second successful launch after a proof-of-principal test in January.

During the test, 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 today."

"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, all weighing approximately 500lbs.

Capable of being integrated on vessels ranging in size from riverine to major surface combatants, the weapon system deploys only 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-defense 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."

Being a cooperative development programme between Raytheon and the UAE, TALON features digital semiactive laser technology to deliver précised accuracy at a low cost for 2.75in / 70mm rockets while supporting sea, air and ground launch applications.

Aimed at offering multiple sensor options for detection, tracking and targeting, the advanced remote weapon station does not require no deck penetration and can also be configured for medium calibre weapons or 2.75in rockets.