YUMA, Ariz., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Raytheon and L-3 Communications have demonstrated that Talon air-ground and air-air rockets can be used by small ships against swarming boats threats.
In a test at the Yuma Proving Ground, the 2.75 inch laser-guided rocket from Raytheon was successfully fired from an L-3 remote weapons station using an LAU-68 launcher.
The test, the companies said, demonstrated that the lightweight remote weapon system can provide protection for small ships by incorporating the currently fielded launcher, sensor systems and Talon missiles.
"With the increase in swarming-boat threats, navies worldwide have an urgent need to protect their smaller ships," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "Combining our proven Talon LGR with L-3's advanced remote weapon station provides an affordable, effective and available solution.
"It also demonstrates our ability to reach across Raytheon's wide portfolio of products and team with companies around the globe to develop new solutions."
L-3's remote rocket weapon system incorporates an electro-optical sensor and laser designator, all weighing approximately 500 pounds. It can be integrated on ships ranging in size from riverine to major surface combatants.