WASHINGTON — The US authorities is on the lookout for a contractor to check and consider the capabilities of the anticipated laser-guided Hellfire II air-to-ground missile, typically referred to solely as Laser Hellfire, within the coming months, BulgarianMilitary.com has discovered, citing data from the SAM.gov web site.

US will test soon Laser HELLFIRE air-to-ground missile
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Laser Hellfire is an air-to-ground missile at the moment being developed by Lockheed Maltin. Along with testing and evaluating the capabilities of the missile, the longer term contractor should suggest and handle a number of engineering actions, logistics and configuration, and different engineering assist. SAM.gov emphasizes that this order isn’t a duplication of duties already carried out underneath present contracts.

BulgarianMilitary.com recollects that in September 2021, Lockheed Martin obtained a contract to develop the subsequent technology of Hellfire air-to-ground missiles, with a contract worth of $ 101 million.

Laser Hellfire

Originally of this decade, Laser Hellfire is anticipated to play a big position within the armament of the US army. Pentagon sources say Laser Hellfire will substitute the BGM-71 TOW and AGM-65 Maverick missiles within the subsequent decade to launch assault helicopters AH-64 Apache, UAV MQ-1C Grey Eagle, helicopter MH-60R, and Navy 1Z Marine Corps Helicopter Viper.

In keeping with sources at BulgarianMilitary.com, the Laser Hellfire would be the joint Lockheed Martin AGM-179 [JAGM] air-to-ground missile with a semi-active laser and millimeter-wave radar. Laser Hellfire will be capable of launch from any plane, comparable to drones, helicopters, airplanes, fighters, together with floor boats, ships, drones, and extra.

In keeping with unconfirmed data, Laser Hellfire can have a brand new warhead that may be capable of destroy targets that beforehand required two or three AGM-114 Hellfire. At the moment, the closest to the Hellfire Laser utilized by the US army is the AGM-114R Hellfire II [Hellfire Romeo].

AGM-114R Hellfire II [Hellfire Romeo] will be launched from excessive altitudes. It’s geared up with a semi-active laser homing, which should search, intercept and destroy the enemy goal. AGM-114R Hellfire II has a multi-function warhead, diminished web explosive weight for low collateral injury [R-9E and R-9H]. This missile weighs 49 kg and flies at a most velocity of 1.3 Mach.

Multi-purpose tandem warhead

A multi-purpose tandem warhead needing solely a single initiation has a casing that types entrance, center and rear parts. A formed cost is positioned within the rear portion of the casing and a fragmentation cost is positioned within the entrance portion of the casing. The center portion between the entrance and rear parts is an open space that serves as a jet formation area.

An affect swap is positioned on the entrance of the warhead. Upon affect with a goal the affect swap sends a detonation sign to a detonator positioned on the rear finish of the warhead inflicting the formed cost to provoke. Upon the detonation of the rear formed cost, a high-speed shaped-charge jet types into the hole jet formation area, penetrates into and initiates the ahead fragmentation cost, and continues by way of the fragmentation cost.

The residual formed cost jet offers lethality in opposition to gentle armored targets whereas the fragmentation from the ahead cost offers lethality in opposition to personnel and different comfortable targets.


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