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LAU-116/A and LAU-116A/A Guided Missile Launcher

The LAU-116/Aprovides for the carriage and launch of the AIM-7 series SPARROW missile from the F/A-18A aircraft. The LAU-116A/A is also capable of launching the AIM-120 AMRAAMmissile. Two launchers, one left hand and one right hand, are installed in the underside of the aircraft fuselage at stations 4 and 6. The launchers are recessed in cavities within the aircraft fuselage, allowing the missiles to be semi recessed for aerodynamic purposes. Both versions of the LAU-116 are ejection launchers.

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