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LAU-93 Guided Missile Launcher

The LAU- 93 guided missile launcher is used for carriage and ejection launch of the PHOENIX missile from the F-14A/B aircraft. The AIM-54 PHOENIX missile interface system consists of launchers, weapons rails, multi-purpose adapter pylons, and PHOENIX adapter assemblies. The LAU-93/A launcher is used to carry and launch the missile from the aircraft. For fuselage stations, the launcher is mated to a weapons rail; for wing stations, it is mated to a multipurpose adapter pylon. The launcher provides mechanical, electrical, and liquid coolant interface between the aircraft and the missile. The mechanical components of the launcher consist of a gas-operated, hook-opening linkage and two ejectors, a ground safety lock and positive launch pin, and coolant and electrical umbilicals. By using the LAU-93 adapter, the LAU-93 launcher can be attached to a multipurpose pylon. Launchers may also be installed on weapons rails for fuselage carriage of the AIM-54.

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