Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: BGM-176A, BGM-176B, Griffin A, Griffin B and MK-60
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: Griffin
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): October 2010
Total Production: 2,000
Description: The Griffin is a small, lightweight, flexible precision-guided weapon for irregular warfare operations developed and funded by Raytheon along with the Small Tactical Munition (STM) using components from other weapon systems developed by the company. The weapon reduced size makes possible to engage soft targets with minimal collateral damage. Its flexible guidance system and simple and user-friendly graphic interface allows the Griffin to operate easily as a fire and forget weapon using GPS coordinates or Inertial Navigation or as a high precision laser-guided missile switching between guidance modes depending on the target needs. The weapon system has been designed to be easily and quickly integrated onto existing platforms. In October 2010, the Griffin was already integrated and operational with the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) C-130W Dragon Spear aircraft. As of September 2011, the Griffin missile was in production and integrated on the C-130W Dragon Spear and the United States Marine Corps C-130 Harvest Hawk.
As of September 2011, Raytheon had integrated the combat-proven Griffin onto the Humvee tactical vehicle, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, C-130W Dragon Spear and C-130J Harvest Hawk and is planning to integrate Griffin onto the AT-6 light attack aircraft in the near future. The Griffin weighs 44 pounds with its launch tube and is 43 inches long. It can be released from airborne, rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, and ground-based platforms. The Griffin A is an aft-eject missile designed for employment from non-conventional platforms such as the C-130 aircraft. Griffin B is a forward-firing missile that launches from rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and ground-launch applications. To maximize lethality, the user can choose to engage the target with height of burst, point detonation or fuze delay.
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