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Philippine Air Force

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.

Confirmed

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.

 

Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket, developed by Elbit Systems and ATK Orbital 
AgustaWestland AW109E
Super Tucano light attack aircraft

Why GATR?

  • 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.

Main Features

  • 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.