A group of companies including General Dynamics UK, MBM Technology and WL Gore has unveiled a new weapons rack known as the replacement advanced intelligent dual ejector rack (Raider).


The carrier is designed to carry two smart, 1760 databus-compatible weapons of up to 1,100lb (500kg) each, such as Raytheon's AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW). MBM is providing the carriage unit, WL Gore the cabling and GDUK the electronic controls.

GDUK, based in Hastings, south-east England, says the unit provides the commander with increased flexibility by increasing the variety and number of weapons each platform carries, which in turn can reduce the number of aircraft required for a mission. By mixing the weapons carried on the carrier, different types of target can be attacked on the same sortie, adds the company.

Raider is compatible with all NATO weapons support lugs, says GDUK, adding that all electrical umbilical positions are supported.

Source: Flight Daily News