L-3 Wescam has conducted flight demonstrations for several new weapon systems at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, using MD500 helicopters. The flight tests demonstrated L-3 Wescam’s MX series designator systems, including the MX-10D, MX-15D, MX-25D and MX-RSTA. The company funded the demonstrations as part of a risk-reduction effort in response to constrained defense budgets of potential users worldwide.
Flight tests featured an MD540 with the MX-10 system firing an FN HMP 400.50 cal machine gun and an MD500E using the MX-10D to fire an M134 mini-gun. The MX-10D, MX-15D and MX-25D were integrated and tested two weapon control systems from an MD500E and a Cessna 208 Caravan. Additionally, the MX-25D shot two Hellfire missiles from a Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow and the MX-RSTA was demonstrated in environmental conditions similar to those in Afghanistan.