Pneumatic Eject Missile Launchers

Harris has developed all the essential elements of pneumatic suspension and release equipment systems. These elements include missile launchers and pneumatic energy source and control system logic. We have devoted significant resources to develop such systems for use on advanced applications for the F-35 Lightning II, the MQ-9 Reaper and P-8A Poseidon. These pneumatic systems provide an advantage by eliminating cleaning and the logistics tail of the cartridges, thereby enhancing life cycle cost and overall system affordability.

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.