langue en MBDA - 03/05/2019

VIPER-E - Stand-off precision guided munition

The Viper-E weapon is an air-launched guided munition capable of stand-off precision attack. Viper-E is designed by MBDA and is a low-risk variant of the combat proven Viper Strike weapon that provides a turn-key precision weapon solution for fixed wing, helicopter and UAV platforms.
Currently in use on US Marine Corps aircraft, the Viper-E weapon glides to the target, using GPS-aided navigation and a semi-active laser seeker to attack land and sea targets with combat-proven pinpoint accuracy. The new Viper-E is optimized for attack profiles that require either a steep or shallow final attack angle. This flexibility allows low-collateral damage effects in both mountainous terrain and urban canyons where strict rules of engagement are in force.
Its relatively small warhead size and laser accuracy provide for low collateral damage in cluttered urban environments. Viper-Es new fast attack mode has proven successful against very high speed targets.

Viper-Es GPS Inertial Navigation System (INS) combined with Semi-Active laser (SAL) guidance provides positive control until impact. It allows the weapon to be launched covertly from safe altitudes and stand-off ranges outside of point defences yet still achieve pinpoint accuracy. GPS/INS navigation provides accurate mid-course guidance to the target area allowing for final SAL guidance.

Using the new Viper-E Top Attack Mode, targets can be acquired directly underneath the launch aircraft.

Viper-Es dual mode guidance and agility provide a high degree of operational flexibility. The weapon can be released in poor weather yet retain laser precision from man-in-the-loop targeting from a laser designation as the Viper-E approaches the target. Viper-E is compatible with any NATO standard laser designator, either from the air, from the sea or from forces on the ground.

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