ATK, Elbit Systems to provide GATR for USSOCOM evaluation
Elbit Systems and ATK will provide the Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket (GATR) and Precision Guided Rocket Launcher (PGRL) to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for evaluation under a contract announced on 7 May.
USSOCOM is seeking a precision 2.75-inch rocket to defeat hardened targets while mitigating collateral effects through the Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC) programme.
The DAC project for ATK-Elbit’s GATR and PGRL is to validate desired operational and ballistic performance while employed from USSOCOM airborne platforms. During the project, the companies will provide GATR missiles and PGRL digital smart launchers for environmental testing and operational evaluation on MH-60L/M rotary-wing platforms.
GATR is a laser guided kit installed on 68/70 mm rockets to convert them into metric precision guided weapons. GATR can be used for air-to-ground or ground-to-ground missions, against soft or lightly armoured stationary or fast-moving targets. GATR provides lock-on before launch capability, and can be launched from a variety of platforms, providing high kill probability and very low collateral damage.
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