Raytheon Company has started integrating its Munitions Control Unit on the Jaguar fighter aircraft.
The MCU is a plug-and-play system that enables integration of modern weapons on legacy aircraft with minimal modifications to aircraft wiring and no changes to the flight and stores management software.
"Once MCU is integrated on an aircraft, aircrews can employ the Joint Standoff Weapon, Maverick missile, Paveway precision-guided munition and AIM-9M Sidewinder air-to-air missile using the aircraft's existing weapon management system," said Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "Warfighters can have this capability for a fraction of what it costs to integrate one weapon by traditional means."
Raytheon began integrating MCU on the Jaguar in the second quarter of 2009 and plans to finish the work in less than 24 months.
MCU is currently integrated on the F-16 Fighting Falcon.