GATR for Philippine Air Force 15th Strike Wing
Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket (GATR) is a weapons systems developed by Orbital ATK and Elbit Systems. A precision guided missile acquisition project of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), with maximum effective range exceeding to 8 kilometers.
The PAF selected GATR through an inter-government agreement between the Philippines and Israel, with the PAF Bids and Awards Committee confirming this with a notice released in late 2018.
Recently, MaxDefense confirmed that the contract worth around US$3 million was signed early 2019, with deliveries expected to happen in around a year’s time or less.
GATR for AgustaWestland AW109E
The delivery of the GATR is historical for the 15th Strike Wing of PAF as it will become the unit’s first air-to-ground guided munition and will be used for AgustaWestland AW109E helicopters.
Aside from the AW109E, the PAF also plans to use GATR for other upcoming assets like the Bell AH-1S Cobra attack helicopter, Rockwell OV-10G+ Combat Dragon Broncos and Embraer A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft, all of which are equipped with EO/IR cameras.
- GATR is an affordable semi-active, laser-guided, 70 mm (2.75-inch) rocket.
- GATR features increased performance due to a unique aerodynamic design.
- GATR features the cutting-edge multi-purpose, Electronic fusing delay and IM warhead.
- GATR is a mature system and has been tested and evaluated on several platforms; rotary and fixed-wing.
- Improved performance – Optimized fin and nozzle configuration for an extended range.
- Enhanced effectivity – Larger IM warhead with mission-specific accuracy.
- Lock On Before Launch (LOBL) and Lock On After Launch (LOAL) capability.
- Up to 19 GATRs employed from each advanced launcher.
- Employs seamless integration for any type of platform using an advanced launcher.