By Andy Sambidge
US-based defence firm says it has reached 'significant milestone' in $117m contract with UAE Armed Forces
US-based defence firm Raytheon said on Tuesday that it has begun production of the TALON laser guided rocket as part of a $117 million contract from the UAE.
In 2013, the Armed Forces General Headquarters of the UAE awarded local company Tawazun a contract to procure the TALON laser guided rocket.
“Full rate production of the TALON LGR is a significant milestone for Raytheon and the program,” said Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon TALON program director. “UAE defence manufacturing industry participated in development of this revolutionary system and the end user can now benefit from this laser guided precision capability.”
Under the contract, Raytheon will maintain full integration of the TALON system into the UAE Armed Forces to include logistics, training and warranty support.
Raytheon added that it is also exploring options to integrate TALON onto NIMR armoured vehicles which are now serving in different units of the UAE Armed Forces.
During TALON’s development and test program, Raytheon completed more than 35 TALON firings from the AH-64D Apache helicopter, resulting in a solution that is ready for international direct commercial sales customers.
The TALON LGR is a digital semi-active laser guidance and control kit co-developed with the UAE and is fully compatible with existing airborne and ground laser designators.
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