An example of such system is the Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG) is introducing recoilless weapons package for their aircraft as part of ongoingweaponization programs, integrating a new recoilless technology developed by Recoilless Technologies International of Australia. Initially, the new mounts will be built to carry 7.62mm machine guns, but future versions will be designed for different calibers, including grenade launchers.
Another weapon recently demonstrated in live firing is the Metal-Storm 40mm weapon system which flew on the DP-5X prototype Vertical Take Off and Landing ( ) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle last autumn (2006). This weapon is optimized for applications, by its inherent high firepower to weight ratio resulting in a lighter weapon with greater firepower, compared to other weapons. During recent tests the vehicle fired the lightweight electronic weapon from hovering position and through forward speed flights, performing “strafing” runs. The Metal Storm technology offers several advantages for arming UAVs, specifically for the smaller UAVs where payload weights and weapon size and shape are critical design factors, impacting on the mission endurance and payload capacity remaining for mission critical avionics. The electronic operation and low recoil generated by the Metal Storm launcher offers inherent weight advantages.
Fire Scout (MQ-8B) as a Vertical Takeoff UAV (VTUAV), operable on land or from surface vessels. The US Navy is acquiring the UAV to fulfill the service’s requirement for a tactical UAV capable of operating in the shipboard environment. With vehicle endurance greater than six hours, will be capable of continuous operations providing coverage over 110 nautical miles from the launch site. A baseline payload that includes electro-optical/infrared sensors and a laser designator, enables Fire Scout to perform different roles. These include finding tactical targets, tracking and designating these accurately, providing targeting data to strike platforms and perform battle damage assessment. FireScout was also selected for the US Army FCS Class IV UAV, offering future units of action a flexible, weaponized ISR and attack platform.is developing the
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