Tuesday, February 14, 2012

AT-6 has a first at Eglin

Hawker Beechcraft said its AT-6 light attack aircraft successfully fired laser-guided rockets during tests last month at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., making the AT-6 the first fixed-wing aircraft to launch a laser-guided rocket. The 2.75" laser-guided rocket testing included BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and Raytheon's TALON. The weapons were fired from about three nautical miles and guided to their targets using either an airborne laser from the AT-6 or a ground laser from the Eglin range. Both rockets were scored as hits on their respective targets. Hawker is fighting a decision by the Air Force to award a contract for light attach aircraft to Sierra Nevada and Embraer. A stop work order on the contract as issued after Hawker took the matter to federal court. (Source: Wichita Business Journal, Hawker Beechcraft, 02/13/12)