Raytheon, a publicly traded U.S. defense company, announced Monday that they have successfully fired two precision-guided missiles from a standard tube grenade launcher while testing the new munition at Mile High Resources in Texas. The company calls it the Pike, and it is a 40 mm laser semi-guided missile that can fired from a conventional single shot grenade launcher attachment. The Pike measures 16.8 inches in length and weighs less than two pounds.
J.R. Smith, Director of Raytheon’s Advanced Land Warfare Systems, describes The Pike,
“Pike uses a digital, semi-active laser seeker to engage both fixed and slow-moving, mid-range targets. This new guided munition can provide the warfighter with precision, extended-range capability never before seen in a hand-held weapon on the battlefield.”
Raytheon conducted two trial tests of the Pike and both rounds landed within the targeted impact area after traveling a distance of more than 2,300 yards. This distance completely shatters the maximum range of the current M203 40mm grenade launchers, which top out at around 150 yards.
Raytheon says the Pike missile will have additional platforms to launch from that include mounted launchers on small boats, ATVs and drones.
“Pike will become smarter and smarter as we continue to develop its capabilities,” said Smith. “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.”
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