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AUSA 2021: Arnold Defense displays Trident

12th October 2021 - 11:26 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Trident three-round prototype concept demonstrator from Arnold Defense. (Photo: Arnold Defense)

New three-rocket prototype launcher goes on display at AUSA 2021.

Arnold Defense showcased a new prototype concept demonstrator for a three-round airborne 2.75-inch rocket launcher called Trident at the AUSA 2021 exhibition in Washington DC on 11-13 October.

Trident was displayed mounted on a Moog Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher (DRL). The new launcher remains in development but Arnold Defense foresees various capability benefits once a future test programme is completed.

For example, Trident utilises an existing missile launcher interface for mounting and system control of laser-guided rockets, and Arnold Defense added in a 12 October announcement that the three-round launcher offers ‘significant weight saving over other launcher variants’. Additionally, no software changes are required to existing fire-control equipment.

Arnold Defense employs a  Modular Open Systems Approach with Trident to enable digital control of analogue rockets via the Moog Trident Interface Unit. There is also a common missile interface across multiple platforms for maximum strike capability, and each Trident carries up to three laser-guided munitions.

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