Magellan Aerospace developed the C15 rocket motor for use on fixed wing aircraft and this variant is still the most widely used today.
Its combination of high kinetic energy and optimized spin rate results in maximum speed and accuracy, with dispersion significantly less than competing systems. A salvo of ripple-fired rockets produces an impact “footprint” one-third the size, equating to a target hit probability that is three times greater. It also allows users to approach a target from lower altitudes and fire from longer standoff ranges. Fastest to target, the kinetic energy provided by the high impulse of the C15 rocket motor combines with kinetic energy penetrator warheads, supplying users with an effective solution to defeat armoured targets.
The CRV7 system has been qualified and fired from over 35 fixed wing platforms, including F18 Hornet, Jaguar, F-5 A/B Freedom Fighter, GR7/GR9 Harrier, Hawk, L-159, F-16, Alpha Jet, and A-4 Skyhawk.
The only 2.75 inch rocket motor developed specially for the turbulent operating environment of a helicopter. C17 surpasses competing systems on multiple levels.
A 40% increase in accuracy was measured during Apache helicopter firings. First to target, a 10 lb warhead with a C17 rocket motor reaches a 3 km range at least two seconds faster, while its velocity is at least 36% greater, allowing for maximum rocket propulsion. It’s also been designed with a rocket protection device specifically for the M261 light-weight launcher that when loaded, provides protection on the ground and in flight.
The CRV7 system has been fired from the following rotary wing platforms: Apache AH-64D, Apache AH-64A, WAH-64, CH136 Kiowa (OH-58A), UH-1H, Super Lynx 300, and Rooivalk.