L-3 WESCAM’s MX-15D Aids in Weapons Demonstration

V22 missileAs part of the Advanced Technology Tiltrotor (ATTR) program, L-3 WESCAM’s MX™-15D designating turret was successfully used during a weapons demonstration on the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

The demonstration, held at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, was made possible through a cooperative agreement between L-3 WESCAM and Bell Helicopter, according to a news release. The first time designating trials were conducted over a 14-day period in November.

The multi-sensor, multi-spectral targeting system is well suited for military operations, and makes it possible to incorporate up to five separate digital imaging and four discrete laser capabilities into the configuration.

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“Flight trials were conducted to demonstrate the armed capability of the V-22 with precision and non-precision forward-firing weapons,” said Paul Jennison, vice president of government sales and business development for L-3 WESCAM, according to the release. “The MX-15D was chosen to support the trials because of its field-proven laser designation performance when flown from SOCOM and AFSOC aircraft, both of which also fire precision laser-guided munitions.”

During the trial, The V-22 Osprey successfully launched conventional 70mm (2.75″) rockets, BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) and Raytheon’s Griffin® B lightweight precision-guided missiles, according to the release.

This isn’t the first the MX-15D has been part of a successful trail. In March 2013, the system obtained Bell Helicopter’s qualification as an optional advanced targeting system for the company’s 407GT tactical helicopter.

For more information about L-3 WESCAM and the MX-15D, visit wescam.com.