VAMPIRE launchers will turn Ukrainian pickup trucks into counter-drone systems

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The United States is supplying Ukraine with a counter-drone system that can be installed on a pickup truck.

Developed by L3Harris, the Vehicle-Independent Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE) is part of the $2.98 billion aid package announcement by the Pentagon on Wednesday.

The suitcase-shaped VAMPIRE Launch and Designator Kit can be mounted on the cargo bed of an ordinary civilian truck in two hours by two people and requires only one operator.

The modular system is configurable with various weapons and sensors, and has a self-contained power supply, the manufacturer said.

Laser Guided Ammunition

The four-barrel rocket launcher uses the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Weapon System (APKWS) and other laser-guided munitions to strike land and air targets, including unmanned aerial vehicles.

The APKWS can engage rotary-wing air targets out to five kilometers (three miles) and fixed-wing aircraft out to 12 kilometers (7.45 miles). The Pentagon’s aid program includes laser-guided rocket systems.

The system’s guided munition eliminates the need to lock onto targets, allowing Ukrainian forces to engage Russian airborne threats more quickly.

Delivery in nine months

Quoting L3Harris spokesperson Paul Swiergosz, Business Intern wrote that the company expects an official order from the Pentagon system in the “coming days”, which will specify the quantity to be sent to Kyiv.

He added that the company would need nine months to deliver the systems to the beleaguered nation.

Senior Researcher and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, Stacie Pettyjohntold the outlet that the VAMPIRE’s multiple cannons and vehicle compatibility make it an upgrade over other anti-aircraft systems the US has supplied to Ukraine, such as the sniper-fired Stinger. the shoulder.

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