Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missiles
Ground Based Interceptor (GBI)/Exoatmospheric
Kill Vehicle (EKV)
The National Missile Defense system will,
upon being alerted of an imminent attack against the United States, launch
an appropriate number of Ground-Based Interceptors with Exoatmospheric
Kill Vehicle (EKV) weapons. In space, the EKVs will separate from
their boosters, immediately detect attacking missiles, distinguish real
targets from decoys, and destroy them by hit-to-kill intercepts. The compact,
lightweight vehicles feature advanced infrared sensors; guidance, navigation
and control; divert and altitude-control propulsion; and on-board
ICBM Weapon and Ground
The silo-based ICBM force
is deployed in Launch Facilities dispersed throughout the United States.
The Adverse Weather AGM-130, in production for
the U.S. Air Force, provides the warfighter with advanced combat capabilities
for superior effectiveness. These capabilities include24-hour combat capability
with a new INS/GPS Guidance System coupled with a state-of-the-art Imaging
Infrared Focal Plane Array Seeker. This capability provides man-in-the-loop
pinpoint target accuracy anywhere, anytime, throughout the world.
The GBU-15 can deliver either an MK 84 2,000-pound
general-purpose bomb or a BLU-109 B2,000-pound penetrating bomb with pinpoint
accuracy via data link control from low to high altitude at a significant
standoff distance. It is equipped with either a television or an imaging
infrared seeker. The seeker provides the launch aircraft with visual presentation
of the target and surroundings as seen from the weapon. During free flight,
this presentation is transmitted by a two-way data link system to the aircraft
cockpit television monitor. The seeker can be either locked onto the target
before of after launch for automatic weapon guidance or it can be manually
steered by the weapon systems operator.
Harpoon is an autonomous all-weather, anti-ship
missile system with an over-the-horizon range of more than 67 nautical
miles. It can be launched from aircraft, surface ships, submarines and
HELLFIRE is many missiles in one. It is combat
proven against tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, bunkers, anti-aircraft
emplacements, radar and communication sites, oil platforms, and ships.
Three versions of HELLFIRE are available:
AGM-114K (HELLFIRE II)
RB-17 Antiship variant
In airborne applications, HELLFIRE is operational
and deployed as the primary armament for the U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache,
OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, MD-500 series helicopters, and the U.S. Marine Corps'
AH-1W Supercobra. HELLFIRE has been integrated and qualified on the U.S.
Army's UH-60 utility helicopter. HELLFIRE missiles have also been launched
from the United Kingdom's Lynx and Eurocopter's BO-105 helicopters.
In surface-launched applications, HELLFIRE
has proven its capability with firings from mobile and fixed ground and
shipboard based platforms. Successful launches have been conducted from
two high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle based systems: one is equipped
with an electro-optical unit providing integral acquisition, tracking,
designation capability; the other is a lightweight system using remote
A man-portable tripod launched HELLFIRE system
is in service with
Swedish Forces for Shore Defense and is being bought by Norway. This system
uses a blast fragmentation warhead.
HELLFIRE II is specifically engineered to incorporate
the advanced technologies and capabilities required to defeat a variety
of threats well into the 21st century. It is fully compatible with current
HELLFIRE launcher and fire control systems located on ships, ground vehicles,
or fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft.
The M299 HELLFIRE Launcher operates all versions
of HELLFIRE including HELLFIRE II and Longbow. The launcher processes weapon-specific
functions including launcher built-in-test, missile launch sequencing,
and missile laser coding. The launcher effectively uncouples the weapon-related
functions from the aircraft or other platforms. The major benefit is that
the launcher simplifies missile system integration with future platforms.
The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile
intercepts and destroys tactical ballistic missiles. An earlier version
of this missile (PAC-2) was used during the Gulf War to destroy missiles
launched at Saudi Arabia and Israel. The PAC-3 acquires targets with
low radar cross sections at increased ranges. Rather than relying on a
proximity detonation that may simply redirect or break up an incoming threat
missile, it hits the target warhead head-on to ensure its complete destruction.
The Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM) is a derivative
of the anti-ship missile. Designed for deployment from carrier-based aircraft,
SLAM provides the with surgical strike capability against high-value, fixed
land targets, ships in port or ships at sea. SLAM can be launched from
safe standoff ranges in excess of 50 nautical miles. Once launched, the
missile may be controlled from even greater ranges.
Avenger is one of the most modern short-range
air-defense (SHORAD) systems available today. This premier shoot-on-the-move
defensive weapon system is designed to track and destroy low-flying helicopters
and fixed wing aircraft in both day and night conditions from different
terrain locations. The system includes a forward-looking infrared sensor,
an eye-safe laser rangefinder, a head-up optical display and a fire control
station. It is a lightweight, highly mobile, and easily transportable surface-to-air
missile fire unit that has eight Stinger missiles in two missile pods --
one on each side of an all-electric turret -- plus a .50-caliber machine
gun. The stand-alone turret is mounted on a high-mobility multi-purposed
SLAM combines the airframe, propulsion and
control systems of the Harpoon missile with existing guidance systems —
an imaging infrared seeker, data link and a Global Positioning System receiver/processor.
Using proven, off-the-shelf components helped make SLAM available much
sooner than any other comparable standoff weapon system.
The Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) provides quick reaction propulsion
that positions the THAAD missile to intercept its target. The DACS provides
two kinds of propulsion, one for attitude control and the other for interceptor
maneuvering. The Attitude Control System (ACS) uses six thrusters to provide
roll, pitch, and yaw control for the interceptor. These thrusters act in
different combinations to precisely aim the interceptor seeker field of
view for proper viewing of the target. The seeker's target data are then
converted into maneuvering or divert commands that actuate the other four
DACS thrusters as required. The divert thrusters provide short forceful
pulses to quickly and accurately position the THAAD interceptor for a collision
with the target.
Shoulder Launch Systems
40 mm Ammo
Tank Penetrating Ammo
Armour Piercing Ammo & Tracer
Apache Ammo for Helicopter Gunships
Air drop Ammo & Systems
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