first published on October 14, 2015 by Josh
Innovative defense company Raytheon develops and tests hand held guided missile system.
Raytheon announced Monday that they have successfully tested their new handheld guided missile system labeled: Pike. Of the two rounds tested, both landed within their target area at over 2300 yards away.
The new weapon system is designed to be fired from either the M320 grenade launcher system, or from the EGLM (Enhanced Grenade Launching Module). It requires a two person crew, one to fire the missile itself, and another to hold a pistol sized laser designation device on target. The munition measures in at 16.8 inches, and weighs less than two pounds.
As the weapon continues to develop, Raytheon has big plans for it. To include not only the handheld weapon system, enabling infantrymen easier access to anti-tank weaponry, but also other firing platforms. These platforms include: ATV, Small Boat, and Drones. I also foresee them putting these guided missiles on Infantry Fighting Vehicles as an alternative solution to the bulky, expensive TOW missile.
Raytheon Spokesperson J.R. Smith was quoted as saying. “Pike will become smarter and smarter as we continue to develop its capabilities. In the current configuration, the warfighter will enter programmable laser codes prior to loading Pike into its launcher. Spiral development calls for multiple-round simultaneous programming and targeting with data link capabilities.”
Raytheon is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cyber-security markets throughout the world.