AGM-175 Griffin

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Introduction

The AGM-175 Griffin is a short-range laser guided air-to-surface missile developed by Raytheon for UAVs. It is tube-launched, with a 5.5 inches diameter, weighs 45 pounds. It has a 13-lb warhead, smaller than the Hellfire typically used by armed UAVs, which has the effect of reducing the potential for collateral damage. The Griffin missile and launch assembly is also significantly lighter than the Hellfire, allowing more to be mounted on the payload-limited General Atomics MQ-1 Predator. Raytheon has developed it as a low-cost modular system, using components from earlier projects, among others the FGM-148 Javelin and the AIM-9X Sidewinder.

Description

Powered by a solid-fuel rocket, it has a range of 5,6 km (3.5 miles) launched from surface and 20,1 km (12.5 miles) when air-launched (20.1 km) at altitude. In the precision strike role it supplements the shorter range GBU-44 Viper Strike unpowered PGM.

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