MBDA’s viper strike munition scores direct hits against high speed targets

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    HUNTSVILLE,AL– MBDA Incorporated’s GBU-44/E Viper Strike munition launched from a Cessna Caravan test aircraft scored direct hits against high speed vehicles in a recent two-day test. During aU.S.government sponsored test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Viper Strike successfully hit eight vehicles travelling at extremely high speeds in varying realistic scenarios.

    “This proven high speed target attack capability is a game changer for warfighters that need to hit very fast vehicles with great precision and from any direction of attack” said Tom Bien, Viper Strike’s Program Manager. Viper Strike has been used in combat by both manned and unmanned aircraft, and will deploy next on the U.S. Marine Corps’ KC-130J Harvest HAWK aircraft. Viper Strike is launched from a common launch tube that can be carried either internally or externally from the host aircraft, helicopter or UAV.

    Viper Strike is a glide munition capable of precisely hitting targets from extended stand-off ranges using GPS-aided navigation and an end-game, semi-active laser seeker. Its small, 44-lb. highly agile airframe and quiet attack profile provides a covert launch and low collateral damage effects against stationary and high speed moving targets. Using Viper Strike’s new fast-attack software, the weapon has proven that it can be quickly employed against moving targets by both air-designated and ground-designated targets.

    Viper Strike is in production at MBDA Incorporated’s Huntsville,Alabama facility. Jerry Agee, President and CEO of MBDA Incorporated said, “Viper Strike is performing exceptionally well in test and combat environments. We’re pleased to get this weapon in the hands of our warfighters to aid them against their most challenging, high-speed targets.”

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  3. Jim Street

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    Are we working on such weapon ? Any plans for acquisitions for such weapons ?
     
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    Should be a lot cheaper then the 58000 helll fire missiles and no you all cant have any.
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    I don't really see this being much of a stand-off weapon since it requires a parachute. It is highly accurate so it really depends on price if this would make a good addition to Rafale.
     
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  6. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    Rafale deal has NOT YET been signed

    Let us add this too in our WISH LIST :lol:

    France just loves India :taunt: Just as India was the first export customer of Rafale
    we can be the first customer of this French Predator drone
     
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    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    MMRCA failure still hurts mate :taunt1:

    France is a GOOD friend It will surely give us
     
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    average american Senior Member Senior Member

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    How is france going to get them. :balle:
     
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    MBDA Incorporated is an American company not the European consortium.
     

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