US: Raytheon Company and MD Helicopters has successfully fired four TALON laser guided rockets from the MD 530G armed aerial scout (AAS) helicopter during a series of tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. "This test further demonstrates the maturity of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket weapon system as a complement to MD's AAS platform. These test shots included four firings showcasing TALON's versatility over the entire firing envelope with direct hits for all events,” said Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon TALON Programme Director. TALON LGR is a low-cost, digital semi-active laser guidance and control kit co-developed with the United Arab Emirates. TALON's guidance section integrates directly to the front of the legacy 2.75-inch Hydra-70 unguided rockets while its unique tail kit replaces the legacy Hydra-70 wraparound tail kit.
"In just a few months, Raytheon worked closely with MD to integrate TALON onto the MD 530G, subjecting the helicopter and rocket to number of realistic mission profiles. The successful testing once again demonstrated TALON's precision guidance capabilities,” added Kreitman. This latest successful firing and subsequent original equipment manufacturer certification of TALON follows the recent certification in April for air worthiness release of the weapon on the Apache AH-64D/E attack helicopter.