Fire all of your rockets faster than you can even say “intervalometer”
Posted by arnolddefense on July 26, 2016
The sprockets that launch the rockets
Most rotary wing aircraft that use Arnold Defense’s lightweight launchers have an on-board system that allows the pilot to manage the firing of his or her rockets. But fixed wing aircraft are a slightly different animal. They rely on an electro-mechanical device that allows the pilot to cycle from round to round, or initiate a ripple fire.
Arnold Defense developed a clever widget called the intervalometer and has produced more than 500,000 of them since 1961. Roughly the size of a small hand-held flashlight, the intervalometer fits inside launchers such as the LAU-68 or LAU-131, and is set by ordnance technicians prior to take off. The company is now in the final stages of developing a modernized solid state intervalometer.
For some added punch, a pilot can use the ripple launch option. By holding the fire button down, the launcher will automatically fire every round at intricately-spaced intervals. A 19-round launcher can rattle off its entire load in approximately two seconds.