Air Force asks Marvin to provide guided missile launchers for combat aircraft

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Aircraft weapons experts at Marvin Engineering Co. in Inglewood, Calif., will provide the U.S. Air Force with 1,450 guided missile launchers for military aircraft under terms of a $126.6 million five-year contract announced Friday.

By Intelligent Aerospace staff
By Intelligent Aerospace staff

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Aircraft weapons experts at Marvin Engineering Co. in Inglewood, Calif., will provide the U.S. Air Force with 1,450 guided missile launchers for military aircraft under terms of a $126.6 million five-year contract announced Friday.

Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., are asking Marvin to provide the LAU-129/128 guided missile launcher and launcher subassemblies for Air Force F-15 and F-16 jet fighters, we well as for the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter bomber.

The Marvin LAU-129/128 aircraft missile rail launcher is for firing the AIM-12 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, and similar weapons. It attaches to the aircraft wingtip or under wing pylons.

The launcher has a self-contained power supply, converts analog to digital signals, and comes with nitrogen bottle or self-contained compressor for seeker cooling.

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The LAU-129/128 fits F-15, F-16, and F-22 jet fighters, the F/A-18 jet fighter-bomber, and the military Humvee ground vehicle when fitted as a ground anti-aircraft missile launcher. Internationally, the launcher also can fire the Derby and Python missiles.

The LAU-129/128 is nearly nine feet long, 3.62 inches wide, 6.06 inches high, and weighs 87 pounds.

On this contract Marvin will do the job in Inglewood, Calif., and should be finished by May 2023. For more information contact Margin Engineering http://marvineng.com, or the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center-Robins at www.robins.af.mil.

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