22 Jul 02. General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd, MBM Technology Ltd and W.L. Gore & Associates (UK) Ltd announced Team Raider at a press conference at Farnborough today.
The companies have formed Team Raider to develop and manufacture a Smart Twin Store Carrier: ‘RAIDER’.
RAIDER provides the airborne commander with the opportunity to utilise a mixed stores load on his missions via 2x MIL-STD-1760 Class II interfaces, from Precision Guided Bombs, an 1100lb JSOW weapon to a 250lb Mk 81 based weapon or small bomblets. Increasing a platform’s load-out capability of Precision Guided Munitions, gives the potential to reduce the number of sorties, and therefore the number of aircraft assigned to the task. The system provides the battlefield commander with increased flexibility to meet the demands of the ever-changing operational scenario.
General Dynamics (UK) Ltd is providing the advanced electronics, whilst MBM is utilising the company’s considerable MIL-STD machining expertise in bomb release systems to develop the carriage system and W.L. Gore is providing the advanced connectors.