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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

L-3 Wescam Completes MD540 Flight Demos for MX Series

L-3 Wescam has completed flight demonstrations for several new weapon systems at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, using MD500 helicopters. 
 
 
MD500E. Photo courtesy of L-3 Wescam
 
The flight tests demonstrated L-3 Wescam's MX series designator systems, including the MX-10D, MX-15D, MX-25D and MX-RSTA. The company funded the demonstrations as part of a risk-reduction effort in response to constrained defense budgets of potential users worldwide.
 
Flight tests featured an MD540 with the MX-10 system firing an FN HMP 400 .50 cal machine gun and an MD500E using the MX-10D to fire an M134 mini-gun. The MX-10D, MX-15D and MX-25D were integrated and tested two weapon control systems from an MD500E and a Cessna 208 Caravan. 
 
 
MD540. Photo courtesy of L-3
 

Additionally, the MX-25D shot out two Hellfire missiles from a Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow and the MX-RSTA was demonstrated in environmental conditions similar to those in Afghanistan.

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