Pneumatic Eject Missile Launchers

Operating in harsh environments, pneumatic eject systems are fast-acting, requiring high gas pressures and robust mechanical components. L3Harris has leveraged advanced core technologies in pneumatics, control system logic, piston design and low loss gas paths to develop new, cleaner solutions. These pneumatic systems reduce life-cycle cost and overall system affordability by decreasing maintenance, eliminating cleaning of pyrotechnic residues and deleting the logistics requirement for cartridges. We have developed such systems for use on advanced applications for the F-35 Lightning II, F-22A Raptor and the Saab JAS-39 Gripen E as well as other pneumatic systems for P-8 Poseidon, MQ-9 Reaper and on-going development programs.

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, L3Harris, 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 L3Harris 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

PMEL is a pneumatic launcher designed to eject modern medium- and long-range air-to-air missiles from high-performance manned and unmanned platforms, including the Saab Gripen.

As a combined pylon and launcher unit, the PMEL is currently designed for use under the fuselage on modern high-performance fighter jets to reduce weight and frontal cross section.

PMEL is not subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) export rules, making it an ITAR-free solution for high-performance ejection of air-to-air missiles.