Raytheon and Bell Helicopter successfully test-fired two Griffin B missiles from a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey multi-mission aircraft on December 16.
The Griffin missile is a multi-platform, multi-service weapon that has a proven track record for successful rapid integration on land, sea and air platforms.
As an industry funded effort with Bell's Xworx, Raytheon demonstrated the simplicity of integrating the Griffin B missile onto the V-22 platform.
"This is the first time a forward-firing missile has been launched from the V-22," said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Raytheon's Air Warfare Systems.
"It's an important aspect of the V-22's capability that integrates a simple to operate, low-cost, precision strike missile – something in which the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command has shown significant interest" he added.
Bell flight test crews launched two Griffin B missiles, scoring direct hits from both hover mode and during conversion mode at 110 knots. The results highlight the Griffin B's versatility with its unique ability to engage static and moving targets through a significant range of launch speeds. The Griffin B missile allows aircrews to precisely strike targets to the left or right of the aircraft flight path as it has off-axis launch capability
"Griffin B's successful shots from the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey demonstrate that the missile is flexible and able to integrate on a variety of platforms" said Jarrett.
Raytheon has been awarded the US Air Force contract worth $24 million for Griffin A, an aft-eject missile. “Raytheon Co
Bell Helicopter was awarded an $86.9 million foreign military sales (FMS) contract to produce and deliver five Huey II helicopters, spare parts and special tools each to Kenya and Uganda
Indias indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the Tejas will be integrated with the US- and Russian-origin missiles and is expected to fly this month during the Indian Air Force show. The jet is currently undergoing final operational clearance and will soon be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF)
Raytheon Missile Systems has won a US Air Force contract worth $85 million for Griffin missiles and support. Raytheon will provide Griffin A and B Block II/III missiles, including test and support equipment with engineering support, the US Department of Defense announced Wednesday
Bell announced today that it will display UH-1Y maritime helicopter and 429 WLG light twin-engine helicopter during the upcoming LIMA 2015. The company said that, it will have subject matter experts to discuss Bells latest military and commercial rotorcraft and customer support offerings at their stand (#B710) and at the aircraft on static display
Bell Helicopter announced the sale of 15 Bell 407GX aircraft to the Mexican Air Force (FAM) with deliveries to begin this year. The aircraft will be configured for a variety of parapublic missions
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