During the demonstration, the Venom system was integrated on a Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder on a stabilized, gimbaled mount. Northrop Grumman officials say the Venom’s targeting capability allowed other systems in the network to deliver precision-guided munitions to counter the UAS. The system’s vehicle-agnostic design allows it to be used on a variety of land vehicles.
“By continuing to invest in Venom, we have been able to repurpose our mature LLDR technology for additional missions,” said Kay Burch, vice president, communications, intelligence and networking solutions for Northrop Grumman in a statement. “Adding counter-UAS and on-the-move targeting will give our warfighters greater flexibility in mission planning and execution.”
For added protection, Venom comes equipped with a mounted sensor controlled under armor. The LLDR is fitted with forward air controllers and naval gun spot teams, which can recognize targets in all weather conditions.
Northrop Grumman has delivered over 2,700 LLDR systems.