L-3 Wescam's designating turret qualifies as option for Bell 407GT helo

L‐3 Wescam's MX‐15D electro-optical/infrared designating turret has obtained Bell Helicopter’s qualification as an optional advanced targeting system for its 407GT armed reconnaissance platform, L-3 Wescam said March 5.

The MX‐15D was tested extensively during live-fire operations at U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in late 2012, which culminated in the successful demonstration of laser target designation for the BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System guided rockets, the company said. The MX‐15D proved to be a capable sensor suite, giving the Bell 407GT sensor operator a sound tool for long-range target identification and laser-guided weapon designation.

The MX‐15D can be configured with up to nine sensors, which further complements the power and targeting capabilities of the 407GT advanced armed reconnaissance platform, the company said.

L-3 Wescam's MX‐15D is a multi‐sensor, multi‐spectral targeting system ideal for a wide range of military operations, such as medium-altitude covert intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, armed reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, and target designation missions. The MX‐15D enables customers to incorporate up to five separate digital imaging and four discrete laser capabilities into their configuration.

Bell Helicopter's 407GT is a derivative of the company's 407GX commercial helicopter. The company is marketing the armed variant to foreign US allies in need of a light multirole helicopter.

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