Moog Inc. Space and Defense Group and its defense-industry partner, DRS Technologies, recently introduced a new Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) during a live fire demonstration at Redstone Arsenal.
Engineered with many advanced features, the RIwP includes high-performance target acquisition technology and superior pointing/stabilization accuracy ensuring U.S. and Allied forces see first, engage first and achieve mission success. Additionally, it offers a wide range of platform weapon system interoperability and allows the warfighter both reload under armor and in-field weapon reconfigurability. The RIwP installs easily onto most current and planned U.S. and allied land, sea and air platforms and provides tailored overmatch for any combat situation.
The demonstration event featured both M2 and Mk19 direct fire weapons and Javelin missiles, carrying out ground-to-ground live fire exercises. During the tests, the RIwP fired multiple rounds from an M2 .50 caliber machine gun, grenades from a Mk19 40mm launcher, and Javelin missiles. All of the weapons successfully hit their targets. In addition to the firing event, the RIwP under armor reload and reconfiguration capabilities were demonstrated. All RIwP configurations allow missile variants to be fully armor protected, eliminating the chance for missile damage by debris or small arms fire.
The RIwP accommodates a variety of weapons including direct fire, missiles, and non-lethal deterrents, as well as an advanced sensor package. With more than 100 weapon configurations that can be housed on a single platform, the RIwP offers common training and logistics benefits. The RIwP also features highly integrated operator work stations, a network capable architecture, and advanced fire control which has demonstrated an approximately 80% improvement in engagement times for defilade targets.
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