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Hellfire Missile from Hummer Avenger platform

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Interesting concept IMHO:

Boeing supported the U.S. Army's first test launch of an AGM-114 Hellfire missile on Feb. 23 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The missile was fired from a modified Avenger weapon system as part of Boeing's continuing development of the Avenger-derived Adaptive Force Protection System (AFPS). "The Avenger turret's ability to launch Hellfire missiles offers the warfighter another choice of weapon, one with significant ground firepower," said Phil Hillman, Avenger program manager for Boeing Network & Tactical Systems. "We continue to integrate and test additional capability on this system. Since Avenger is already in the Army inventory, upgrading Avengers instead of developing and fielding new systems has obvious cost advantages -- something that we believe is critically important in the current budget environment." The test evaluated the feasibility of adding the Hellfire missile and Hydra 2.75-inch rocket capabilities to the Army's Avenger system. Boeing designed, built and installed the mechanical integration equipment to mate the Hellfire and rocket launchers to the Avenger, and supported the live firing at the test site. Avenger was originally designed as an air defense system, but other ground defense capabilities, such as Hellfire, are being considered to expand the system’s range and versatility. The Avenger turret can be mounted on a variety of vehicles, including Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or used as a stand-alone, fixed-mounted weapon station.

Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/boeing-supports-1st-hellfire-test-launch-from-avenger-system-33309/#ixzz1ItKJ5P5a
 
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I'll try to find the source of the photo later.
 

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http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2013/03/a-ground-role-for-hellfire-crv7-and-lmm/
 

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I don't know if CostasTT was wondering about *where* the photo was taken, but it was on Eglin's C-74 Hellfire/AKPWS/SROAR range. The pad in the photo is here: 30.661633,-86.345011 Just north (and connected to) the test area is Field 1, where Doolittle and his Raiders trained for the attack on Tokyo.

The photos in the www.thinkdefense.co.uk link from Grey Havoc is from the same pad, just looking rearward (to the northeast).

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