AMRAAM missile. The LAU-127 will also be capable
of launching the AIM-9 series sidewinder missile.
LAU-132 GUIDED MISSILE LAUNCHER
The LAU-132 guided missile launcher is similar in
appearance and operation to the LAU-93 launcher. The
LAU-132 was developed for carriage and launch of the
AIM-54C Phoenix missile on the F-14D aircraft.
REVIEW NUMBER 7
What missile launcher is used to carry an
AIM-7 Sparrow missile on the outboard pylon
of an F/A-18 aircraft/
What guided missile launcher completes the
F/A-18 aircraft suspension and launching
system for the Maverick missile?
LAU-118/A guided missile launcher?
What missile launcher is used to carry and
launch the AIM-54 Phoenix missile on the
GUIDED MISSILE HANDLING
methods used in guided missile handling afloat
The establishment of the all-up-round (AUR)
concept simplified the handling of guided missiles at
the user level. The AUR concept has improved the
reliability, availability, and logistics support of current
guided missiles used by fleet activities.
The service life of an AUR missile begins at a naval
ammunition depot (NAD) or a naval weapons station
(NWS). The NAD or NWS receives the individual
components of a missile from the manufacturer. The
NAD or NWS assembles the components to make up a
complete round, performing the required operational
checks and tests. The AUR is then packed into a missile
container and is stored as RFI (ready for issue). The
missile logbook is also packed inside the missile
container. The missile logbook is compiled from the
operational records that are received with each
component. This logbook remains with the missile until
the missile is either expended (fired) or disassembled.
Naval Air Weapons Maintenance Unit (NAWMUs)
is assigned to areas close to overseas operating forces.
Generally, they are located at a naval air station (NAS)
or a naval magazine station (NAVMAGSTA). The
purpose of NAWMUs is to upgrade missiles from a
non-RFI (not ready for issue) status to an RFI status.
This prevents the time-consuming and costly procedure
of shipping non-RFI missiles from overseas operating
areas back to the United States for component
replacement or scheduled checks and tests. This quick
turnaround time increases missile availability to
deployed operating units in the fleet.
Under the AUR concept, missiles are received
aboard ship in containers completely assembled except
for the wings and fins. Depending upon the particular
missile and the type of container involved the wings
and fins may or may not be shipped in the same
container as the missile. In most cases, the wings and
fins are shipped in separate containers that contain
either one complete set of wings and fins (4 wings and 4
fins) or two sets of wings and fins (8 wings and 8 fins).
When containerized missiles, wings, and fins are
received aboard ship, the containers are inspected for
any obvious damage. When the inspection reveals a
damaged container, it must be sent to the decanning
area to be opened for inspection of the missile or wings
and fins. When a container, missile, or wings and fins
do not meet the inspection criteria listed in the
appropriate technical manual, they must be tagged
non-RFI and kept separate from RFI material for later
turn-in. Missiles, wings, and fins can be either deep
stowed in magazines still in their sealed containers, or
they can be decanned, inspected, and stowed in
stanchions located in ready-service magazines or
missile magazines. Missiles that are deep stowed in
their sealed containers can be off-loaded as RFI.
However, when the seal has been broken and/or the
missiles, wings, or fins removed from the container, the
missiles, wings, and fins must be tagged non-RFI and
off-loaded to the appropriate NAD, NWS, or NAWMU.
When missiles are decanned for ready service, the
missile logbooks are removed from the empty
containers and turned in to the aviation ordnance
control station (AOCS), where they are kept on file
until the missile is fired (expended) or off-loaded.
When the missile is fired, the missile logbook is mailed
to the appropriate NAD or NWS. When the missile is to
be off-loaded, the logbook must be placed in the missile