Lockheed Martin Develops a Lightweight Precision Weapon for Tactical UAVs


    Shadow Hawk carried on the test launcher, under the Shadow Hawk wing. Photo: Lockheed Martin

    With the missions of Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (TUAS) evolving from pure reconnaissance into armed recce, targeting and selectively engaging targets at very short response cycles, the US Marine Corps and Army are looking for low cost, high precision and compact aerial weapons that could be delivered from TUAS in the most effective way without compromising mission performance. This requirement demanded the introduction of a new class of lightweight guided weapons. Several companies have already demonstrated such weapons. The most recent was Lockheed Martin that reported today on the successful first launch of the ‘Shadow Hawk’ precision-guided weapon from a Shadow 200 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), achieving a direct hit on the target.

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