Pneumatic Eject Missile Launchers
LAU-142/A – AMRAAM Vertical Eject Launcher (AVEL)
Stealth plays a major role in many of today’s aircraft missions. The Lockheed-Martin F/A-22 Raptor is the state-of-the-art in stealth technology. With the need to carry and eject AMRAAM missiles from within concealed weapons bays, Harris, as part of the F/A-22 Team, developed a new launcher capable of achieving all internal bay armament delivery requirements.
The result is the LAU-142/A AMRAAM Vertical Eject Launcher (AVEL), which carries and ejects AIM-120C missiles from shallow internal missile bays for safe aircraft separation. Compact design, optimized for weight-to-stiffness performance, was achieved for the AVEL through state-of-the-art computer engineering, analysis and manufacturing processes.
The Harris AMRAAM Vertical Eject Launcher is the first in a new generation of non-pyrotechnic, low-weight, efficient aircraft armament delivery systems from the world leader in pneumatic suspension and release equipment.
LAU-147 – Missile launcher for the F-35 Lightning II
The pneumatic suspension and release capability found in the LAU-147 system is based on more than two decades of dedicated research and development in various component technologies. It is this research and development that has made the LAU-147 missile launcher a great fit for the F-35 Lightning II.
PMEL – Pneumatic Missile Eject Launcher for the Saab JAS-39 Gripen E
The Saab Gripen is a multi-role, single engine combat aircraft from Sweden that is in use with Air Forces on three continents. The upgraded E version requires precision ejection of Meteor air-to-air missiles from the fuselage center-line. Harris UK won a development contract for the pylons and eject launcher in December 2014 and an ITAR free solution will enter service in Sweden and Brazil in 2019.