Raytheon, NIMR to integrate TALON laser guided rockets onto UAE ground vehicle (PR Newswire)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and NIMR Automotive, part of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), are collaborating to equip NIMR armored vehicles with TALON™ Laser Guided Rockets.
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,” said Michelle Lohmeier, Raytheon vice president of Land Warfare Systems. “In partnership with EDIC, we are providing the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces with an affordable, near-term and reliable solution.”
“The NIMR 6×6 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,” said Dr. Fahad Saif Harhara, NIMR CEO. “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.”
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.
About TALON 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.
About Emirates Defence Industries Company EDIC is the region’s premier integrated national defence services and manufacturing platform, providing world-class facilities, technology and support services. Based in the UAE, the company brings together the combined capabilities of the UAE’s defense industries into a single integrated platform to enhance value for our clients, shareholders, partners and other stakeholders.
About NIMR NIMR, a subsidiary of the Emirates Defence Industry Company, delivers highly capable wheeled military vehicles that are designed for the harshest environments, across a diverse scope of mission requirements. NIMR’s range of desert-proven 4×4 and 6×6 vehicles are available in armored or non-armored configurations, with modular configurable crew capacity and payload, where protection and mobility is the focus of our design activities. Through engineering innovation, comprehensive testing and implementation of the highest standards in design and manufacturing, NIMR provides exceptional vehicle reliability and best-in-class desert performance to ensure the protection of the vehicle crews that use them. For more about NIMR, visit us at  www.nimr.ae
About Raytheon Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at  www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter  @raytheon.
Note to Editors
NIMR is showcasing its armored vehicle for the first time during the IDEX trade show in Abu Dhabi at indoor stand 05-A10 and outdoor stand CP400. Raytheon will be in the US Pavilion, indoor stand 03-B07.
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