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Moog, a U.S.-based manufacturer of precision components for the defense, aerospace, medical, and industrial sectors, will be exhibiting at the 2012 Eurosatory international defense trade show to be held in Paris June 11-15. Featured will be two new products, an automated grenade launcher and a turret test system.
Moog (named for its founder, William C. Moog) started in 1951 manufacturing electro-hydraulic servovalves. While they don’t sound particularly sexy, by 1954 these servovalves were in use in about half of U.S. fighter aircraft and nearly three-fourths of all U.S. guided missiles. The company’s products were also used on the Saturn C-5 rocket that was the centerpiece of the Apollo program, as well as the Space Shuttle. Today it is the vendor for the flight control system on the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
What its Eurosatory exhibit will focus on is the Electrically Articulated Grenade Launcher System (EAGLS). EAGLS is designed as an add-on to the U.S. Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS), which was fielded in response to high casualty rates among vehicle gunners in the Iraq theater of operations. The launcher uses any of the 66mm family of grenades. The traditional function of such launchers was to deploy smoke grenades to provide visual and infrared concealment for the vehicle, but given the nature of security operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, less-lethal grenades have also been developed. These blunt trauma, CS, and distraction (flash-bang) devices can also be employed from the EAGLS.
EAGLS uses a dual-axis electromechanical drive to position each of its two six-barrel launchers. These have a range of up to 100 meters, and specific grenade types can be selected by the operator based on the loadout configuration.
Moog will also feature its new Turret Test System (TTS). Designed for trials of turret stabilization systems—the type that allow a vehicle to accurately fire on the move—it has a six degrees of freedom motion system and can handle a turret weighing up to 53,000 lbs. Paired with a proprietary software system, the TTS can replicate a vehicle moving on a test track under a wide range of conditions. This allows the simulation of a variety of speeds, acceleration rates, and terrain without the need for an actual vehicle or test track, making testing less expensive and enabling multiple repetitions of the same motion profile if needed.
You can find Moog in Hall 5, Booth B270 for Eurosatory 2012.