L3Harris from US to provide Vampire counter drone system to Ukraine
According to information released by the United States Department of Defense on August 24, 2022, American Company L3Harris will provide its "Vampire" counter-drone system to the Ukrainian armed forces.
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L3Harris Vampire counter-drone system can be easily integrated into a light tactical vehicle. (Picture source Twiter account Gregory Knowles)
The L3Harris Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE) is a portable kit that can be installed on most vehicles with a cargo bed for the launching of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) or other laser-guided munitions.
This L3Harris APKWS launcher and designator kit provides a rapid solution for arming non-tactical vehicles (NTV) and a variety of tactical vehicles while integrating components to customer-specific specifications. Our capability provides ground forces the ability to engage targets beyond the range of weapons normally carried by SOF and light forces.
The L3Harris Vampire counter drone kit can be easily integrated to a light tactical vehicle in less than two hours and can be used by a single soldier. The counter-drone system is operated via a tablet interface mounted inside of the vehicle
Using a light tactical vehicle, the Vampire offers a high mobility solution that can be easily and rapidly deployed on the modern battlefield. It is powered by its own battery and it does not require to be connected to the battery of the vehicle platform.
The L3 Harris Vampire integrates the WESCAM MX-10™- RSTA independent stabilized sighting system to provide ISR (Intelligence Search and Rescue) overmatch.
The APKWS is a laser-guided weapon system designed by BAE Systems which is able to fire the laser-guided Hydra 70mm rocket. The APKWS can destroy aerial targets such as rotary-wing aircraft at a maximum range of 5 km or fixed-wing aircraft at a maximum range of 11 km. The L3Harris Vampire can control and detect aerial threats from 400 to 1,600 m.