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Raptor uses either a television or an imaging Both seekers display a picture on a guidance system. the launch aircraft which allows the aimpoint using a datalink 70 pounds command channel. weapon operator to select an Often referred to as a "man-in- the-loop" system, this type of guidance system allows a person to select the actual spot where the missile will strike Control: To achieve aerodynamic fins. Hydraulically Propulsion: A powered tail the target. flight, the missile uses canards, wings, surfaces give the missile flight control.

General Characteristics: Range: None. The BLU-1 16 is always used as a warhead. 5 inches Weight: 1,927 pounds 1 Warhead: steel The BLU- 1 1 6 has a narrow diameter case hardened alloy designed to penetrate replaces the BLU-1 09, engineers encased cates the dimensions, mass, it in made structures. of a nickel-cobalt Since the warhead an aluminum shroud that dupli- and aerodynamics of the BLU- 109 (this allows weapon systems designed to carry the BLU-109 to use the BLU-1 16). The shroud strips away when the warhead strikes the target.

Low-smoke rocket motor that burns a solid pro- 4. price of the Hellfire ranges from less than $40,000 to $57,000. Date Deployed: 982 Launch Aircraft: AH-IW, AH-64, MD-530, OH-58, 1 Predator UAV, SH- 60B/HH-60H, and the UH-60. Contractor: Boeing and Lockheed Martin A SH-60 Seahawk helicopter fires an AGM-1 14 Hellfire Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense. missile. AGM-1 19 Military Nomenclature: Name: Penguin Description: "fire and AGM-1 1 9 is a helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. A weapon, the launch helicopter can engage more than one ship The Penguin's guidance system can also identify and target the forget" at a time.

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