The HELLFIRE weapon system consists of an AGM-114B basic and AGM-114K HELLFIRE II missiles, M272 launcher (used on AH-1W helicopter), M299 launcher (used on the SH/UH/HH-60 helicopters), The M272 and M299 guided missile launcher were developed specifically for the AGM-114B HELLFIRE antiarmor, laser guided, air-to-ground missile. They provide the electronic and mechanical interface between the missile and helicopter. The launcher is capable of carrying one to four missiles on each launcher. The M272 launcher will only be carried on the outboard stations of the stub wing. The length, weight, and physical characteristics of the HELLFIRE II missile are the same as the basic missile allowing full compatibility with launch platforms, shipping containers and support systems currently in place.
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