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TALONS for a Tiger

Laser rockets for "tiger" vehicle latest in string of international partnerships

A NIMR armored vehicle fires a rocket equipped with the TALON guidance system in this artist's illustration. Raytheon is working to integrate TALON onto the NIMR with support from partner firm NIMR Automotive, one of Raytheon's many international partners.

The United Arab Emirates-made NIMR armored vehicle could get a major firepower upgrade, under an effort between Raytheon and Abu Dhabi-based NIMR Automotive to outfit the rugged tactical platform with laser-guided rockets previously found only on helicopters and other aircraft.

The project to arm the NIMR – Arabic for "tiger" – with TALON rockets is the latest in a series of international partnerships that bring Raytheon's advanced engineering and innovation to U.S. allies worldwide. The collaboration was announced at the 2015 International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.

“If you look at the world today, the countries we used to sell to, they’re not happy to buy products off the shelf any more,” said Steven C. Schultz, director of business development for land warfare systems at Raytheon Missile Systems. “They want to be true partners in terms of co-production, co-development, and in many cases be the prime contractor for some of these international pursuits.”

NIMR Automotive is a subsidiary of the Emirates Defence Industries Company. Raytheon and UAE industry previously partnered to develop TALON kits, which are used to modify older, unguided rockets into laser-seeking weapons.

Other recent international collaborations include:

A launcher fires a rocket equipped with the TALON guidance system.

Last Updated: 02/07/2017

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