Direct Attack Guided Rocket

Summary

The Direct Attack Guided Rocket (DAGR) is a weapons system under development by Lockheed Martin. The program goal is to provide a low cost 2.75 inch (70 mm) precision guided rocket which is compatible with existing Hellfire II systems and launchers in service.[1] The system will use components from the existing Hydra 70 rocket, but differs from other upgrades to the Hydra 70 such as APKWS and LOGIR in that it is designed to be plug and play compatible with the Hellfire missile and use the M299 Hellfire launcher, increasing the load-out by up to four times.[2] DAGR also offers a lock-on before launch capability that is not compatible with the electronics in existing Hydra 70 launchers.[3]

The Direct Attack Guided Rocket (DAGR) in flight over Eglin AFB.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Diameter: 2.75 in (70 mm) [4]
  • Length: 75 in (1.9 m)
  • Wingspan: 8.75 in (222 mm)
  • Weight: 35.0 lb (15.8 kg)
  • Guidance: Semi-active laser homing (SALH).
  • Range from Sea Level: Min: 1.5 km Max: 5 km
  • Range from 20,000 feet (6,100 m): 12 km.[5]
  • Motor: Existing Hydra 70 motors.
  • Warhead: M151 warhead with M423 fuze

Program statusEdit

  • March 2005 – Program started.[6]
  • February 2006 – 1st flight test.[7]
  • October 2008 – 8th flight test and 1st ever 2.75" guided rocket live warhead flight test.[8]
  • March 2009 – 1st platform flight test – AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.
  • July 2009 – 2nd platform flight test – AH-6 Little Bird: successfully hit the target in two separate trials.[9]
  • March 2010 – 3rd platform test – Lockheed Martin's DAGR guided rocket fires successfully from Kiowa Warrior helicopter.[10]
  • May 2012 – DAGR hits a truck target moving 25 mph (40 km/h) fired from an AH-64D Apache 3.5 km away.[11]
  • September 2012 – DAGR successfully hits stationary targets while launched from ground-based mounts. Two missiles flew 3.5 kilometers and hit the target within one foot of the illuminated laser spot.[12]
  • February 2013 – DAGR is launched from a Lockheed Martin JLTV. It locked onto the laser spot two seconds after launch, flew 5 km (3.1 mi) down range and impacted the target within 1 meter of the laser spot.[13]
  • March 2014 – DAGR completed airworthiness tests from the AH-64D Apache, hitting all 16 targets within 1 meter of the laser spot from 1.5 to 5.1 km (0.93 to 3.17 mi). Over 40 DAGRs had been fired in total since the start of the program.[14]
  • June 2014 – DAGR and Hellfire II are launched from Lockheed Martin's Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle (LRSAV) turreted weapon system, which allows targeting and employment of missiles from ground platforms. The Hellfire and DAGR missiles hit targets at 6.4 km (4.0 mi) and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) respectively, with both demonstrating lock-on-before-launch and lock-on-after-launch capabilities, and one being designated by an AH-64D Apache helicopter.[15]

ExportEdit

Following the Royal Jordanian Air Force's purchase of Boeing AH-6 helicopters, Lockheed offered to equip them with DAGRs.[16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lockheed Martin Unveils 2.75" Laser Guided Rocket - Defense Update". Archived from the original on 2016-10-21. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
  2. ^ "New Hellfire-Compatible Guided Rocket Can Defeat Targets In Urban Operations". www.spacewar.com.
  3. ^ "Lockheed Martin's DAGR Missile Demonstrates Ground Launch Capability In Guided Flight Tests." SPX, 27 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Precision-Strike Capability in a 2.75-inch/70mm Guided Rocket" (PDF). Lockheed Martin Corporation. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-04.
  5. ^ "Lockheed Martin digs deep to fund precision-guided rocket - Flight Global".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2009-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "- YouTube". www.youtube.com.[dead YouTube link]
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2009-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Lockheed Martin DAGR Rockets Successfully Fired from Airborne AH-6 Little Bird, Strike Targets AVIATIONNEWS.EU International Aviation News, Airshow reports, Aircraft facts, worlds largest Aviation Museum database. Civillian [sic], Military & Space, We cover it All". 13 July 2009.
  10. ^ Rivera, Janina (March 29, 2010). "Lockheed Martin's DAGR Guided Rocket Fires Successfully From Kiowa Warrior Helicopter". Lockheed Martin Corporation. Archived from the original on 2010-06-24.
  11. ^ "Ancile". www.deagel.com.
  12. ^ Lockheed Martin's DAGR Missile Demonstrates Ground Launch Capability In Guided Flight Tests – Lockheed press release, September 25, 2012
  13. ^ Lockheed Martin Demonstrates DAGR Missile Ground Vehicle Launch Capability from JLTV – Lockheed press release, February 21, 2013
  14. ^ DAGR capability as air-launched weapon demo'd – Shephardmedia.com, 19 March 2014
  15. ^ DAGR and Hellfire II Missiles Score Direct Hits During Ground-Vehicle Launch Tests – Deagel.com, 17 June 2014
  16. ^ Jordanian DAGR - Shephardmedia.com, May 9, 2012

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