Lockheed’s DAGR missile completes ground fire test off JLTV

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Lockheed Martin recently completed a successful ground launch of the missile it is developing to compliment the AGM-114 Hellfire missile.

Engineers fired the Direct Attack Guided Rocket (DAGR) from a pedestal mounted to the back of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle that Lockheed is in a competition to build for the Army. Lockheed completed the DAGR missile test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., which was the 40th total fire test for the DAGR, according to Tim Hill, director of business development for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

The missile was designed to be fired from a host of platforms — air and ground. Lockheed has already test fired the DAGR from the AH-64D Apache, AH-6 Little Bird and OH-58 Kiowa Warrior.

It took the DAGR two seconds to lock onto the laser target after launch before traveling about three miles down the range and hitting within one meter of the target, according to a Lockheed statement.

DAGR utilizes Hellfire missile system technology in the missile to make sure it is easier for soldiers to train to use it, Hill said. It was built to integrate into the same systems that fire the Hydra-70 rockets.

He explained that the company understands the risk of developing a missile before the potential budget cuts associated with sequestration hit on March 1. Lockheed is confident the development program for the DAGR will continue despite the cuts because of the missile’s flexibility.

The expansion to the JLTV, the future Humvee replacement, shows the range of platforms the DAGR can be fired from, Hill said.

“DAGR delivers a high precision defensive capability to the surface combat arena when paired with the pedestal launcher and a mobile ground platform like the JLTV,” said Ken Musculus, director of close combat systems at Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control.

14 Comments on "Lockheed’s DAGR missile completes ground fire test off JLTV"

  1. It would be great if they put those on the C-130J gunship as a replacement for the Hellfire missiles on the wing pods. These look much more aerodynamic than the old Hellfire, and they probably have a better operator interface too (I hope).

  2. Too obvious. What Lockheed Martin is selling here is the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

  3. This isn't a replacement for hellfires, it's far too small and doesn't really do the job against armor. This is a way to get precision guidance into 70mm unguided rockets. Little Warhead- Smaller Collateral damage.

  4. This will fall is sequestration does. however, if lockheed does the right thing… they wont drop the ball and stop continued development. yes, yes that means lockheed is gonna have to pay for it, and make up for it with orders for an effective weapon system, like in the old days.

  5. BAE already has in production for the Marines the "New Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS)" which is for the 70mm rocket launchers. And is already being used in Afghanistan by the Marines Cobra Z

  6. Sounds good but thanks to Obama no money to buy them. Sucks doesn't it?

  7. Speaking of missile tank destroyers, Kaddafi took delivery of 3 Khrizantemas, and they all ended up in rebel hands apparently.

    Nice thermal imager footage.
    http://youtu.be/BeK6veAMU5o

  8. Maybe they should be talking about replacing the TOW missile. Would the DAGR work as well as the Spike-LR? That is the missile we should replace the TOW with. I believe that future generations will view our weapons procurement system as being just as corrupt as the former Soviet/present Russian system. We have poured billions of dollars(would saying trillions be hyperbole?) into a black hole for decades now. I remember the 9th Infantry HTTB Division. Advance that to the Crusader Howitzer,the Comanche helicopter,the COTS replacement that was supposed to replace the Comanche,FCS,etc,etc,ad nauseum. How much tax money is being poured into this & what are the chances of it being canceled by the sequester,or whatever excuse they’ll come up with to cancel it?

  9. Lighter, more accurate, longer range and smaller — What's not to love ?

  10. DAGR: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/DAGR.ht

    Complementing the ground hellfire?
    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/content/dam/lockhee

    Edit:

    Apparently "DAGR" is also a GPS receiver. You have used so many acronyms you now have hash collision. Go military.

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