Using the Raytheon remote weapons station, each vehicle will carry 16 TALON LGRs.
The RWS enables TALON to be fired from both stationary and moving vehicles, while an elevated sensor/designator enables the TALON to be fired from concealed positions ensuring mission effectiveness including survivability for the ground vehicle.
“Integration onto the NIMR vehicle further demonstrates the versatility of TALON. In partnership with EDIC, we are providing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces with an affordable, near-term and reliable solution,” said Michelle Lohmeier, Raytheon Vice President of Land Warfare Systems.
“The NIMR 6x6 tactical platform provides a range of modular system integration to support a full range of missions including armed reconnaissance, infrastructure defense, defensive fire suppression and border security. It can also support rapidly advancing infantry. The mobile and fixed firing modes enhance the vehicle's effectiveness and provide a significant advantage over existing heavy artillery,” said Dr. Fahad Saif Harhara, NIMR CEO.
In 2014, Raytheon began full-rate production of TALON LGR for the UAE Armed Forces. Under the signed contract, Raytheon will maintain full integration of the TALON system into the UAE Armed Forces to include logistics, training and warranty support.
The TALON LGR is a low-cost, digital semi-active laser guidance and control kit co-developed with the United Arab Emirates. The TALON guidance section fits directly to the front of the legacy 2.75-inch Hydra-70 unguided rocket. TALON's architecture and ease of employment make it a low-cost, highly-precise weapon for missions in urban environments, as well as counter insurgency and swarming boat defense missions. TALON is fully compatible with existing airborne and ground laser designators.
NIMR showcased its armored vehicle for the first time during last week’s IDEX trade show in Abu Dhabi (22-26 February).