SMACM is a long range, long endurance, expendable unmanned air vehicle (UAV) that can be used in a reconnaissance role or in an armed version to attack moving or stationary targets. SMACM will be launched from outside the range of enemy air defenses from attack aircraft. The weapon incorporates a J45G turbojet engine, two-way datalink, multimode warhead and an all weather seeker.
The weapon is loaded with four powered LOCAAS weapons configured for the size and shape of a Small Diameter Bomb (line 3), will be carried internally under a BRU-61/B weapon’s rack to be used with F/A-22 and F-35 aircraft as well as JUCAS unmanned combat aircraft. The six foot long, 142 pound weapon will be equipped with larger wings to extend its range to 250 nm. It will be operable from all types of combat aircraft and UAVs. The SMACM vehicle offers a choice of two seekers – a Tri-Mode seeker combining milimeter wave RF radar, an Imaging Infrared (IIR) and semi-active laser (SAL) – similar to the seeker used for the JCM program. The three modes provide an all weather capability, and when seeker data is fused, it can categorize a target.
The second seeker, known as “Tri-Star Seeker” is a combination of MMW, active LADAR and SAL.When coupled with its automatic target recognition algorithms, Tri-Star technology provides a high probability of detection of tactical military vehicles and reliable combat ID. 3D images give the LADAR an effective capability to identify targets in cluttered environments, including detection of targets under camouflage or tree cover.