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MDHI enhances MD 969 capabilities

18th April 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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MD Helicopters (MDHI) has enhanced the capabilities of its MD 969 twin attack helicopter with the integration of Systima Technologies’ seven-Shot common launch tube (CLT) system, the company announced on 14 April.

The MD 969 CLT system can be configured with a range of guided munitions, such as up to seven lightweight AGM-176 Griffin missiles. Subsequent CLT payloads, including a range of munitions and tactical off-board sensors, will enhance the helicopter’s capabilities.

The CLT system will also allow MD 969 operators to launch ground sensors and sonobuoys. The ability to launch small UAS will provide increased situational awareness for both ground and air-based operators when line of sight is obstructed or on-board sensors are insufficient.

Tom Prenzlow, president, Systima Technologies, said: ‘The CLT is part of a flexible, roll-on/roll-off launch system that is easily integrated into existing platforms. The highly capable launcher has already allowed SOCOM forces to rapidly field a wide range of precision weapons and sensors necessary to support their people.’

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