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April 12, 2010

Hellfire II Missile Takes First Live Warhead Flight

The multipurpose AGM 114R Hellfire II missile took its first live warhead flight test as part of the second proof-of principle (POP 2) flight test. The POP 2 flight test, conducted at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, US, featured a lock-on-after-launch engagement of a stationary target

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The multipurpose AGM 114R Hellfire II missile took its first live warhead flight test as part of the second proof-of principle (POP 2) flight test.

The POP 2 flight test, conducted at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, US, featured a lock-on-after-launch engagement of a stationary target board at 2.5km.

The R model, or Romeo missile, features a multipurpose warhead to enable a single Hellfire missile to cover all target sets of the currently fielded laser-guided variants.

The Lockheed Martin-built missile can be integrated on both rotary-wing and UAV platforms and launched from higher altitudes by increasing its impact angle, enhancing stealth and lethality.

It provides a wide engagement zone to properly equipped platforms, enabling them to target and fire upon targets to the side and behind them.

During the test, the multipurpose warhead was set with a delayed fuse, allowing penetration of the target before detonation.

The missile launched with a low trajectory successfully hit the target board, which had been precisely designated by the laser aimpoint.

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