Army wants lightweight weapons for UAS

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    Army wants lightweight weapons for UAS
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    BY MARK POMERLEAU
    FEB 29, 2016

    The Army could be looking to expand the lethality of its drone fleet, recently issuing a request for informationfor small guided munitions that can be outfitted to rotary wing and unmanned aerial systems. Specifically, the Army said its primary interest is in weapons of 60 pounds or less—and preferably in the 25-pounds range.

    Additionally, these weapon systems should be able to engage both moving and stationary targets that include lightly armored vehicles, fleeting light vehicles and dismounted combatants in day and night conditions, with low collateral damage.


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    Solid news. We have a lot of untapped capability in the army's small drone fleet
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    ATK's Hammer Weapon System is 6 pounds with a warhead, "the size of a hand grenade." It's GPS/SAL guided and seems to be developed specifically for light AUVs like Shadow:

    The weapon weighs about six pounds (2.7 kg). Its hand-grenade size warhead makes more than half that weight (about four pounds or 1.8 kg). The resulting effect offers maximum lethality against exposed targets, with minimal collateral damage to their surrounding.


    Persistence and immediate response close air support based on such weapons has the potential to transform combined air/ground operations, as UAVs loitering above a ground combat element could continuously support ground forces through sustained combat engagements, without the logistical and operational burden when rotating through rearmament or replenishment cycles. Brigades could rely on their own Small UAVs assets like the Shadow, each carrying four weapons in addition to the standard ISR and radio relay payloads. Larger drones will employ multiple ejector racks packing 12 weapons or more, each loaded rack could be carried under a pylon currently carrying Hellfire missiles. Therefore, an MQ-1A Predator currently carrying two Hellfires will carry 24 of the new weapons. A similar load will be carried by the MQ-5B Hunter, while the MQ-1C Grey Eagle will be able to carry twice that load. The Air Forces’ MQ-9 Reaper will be able to carry 72 units and the A-160 destined for the Special Operations Command will haul over 200 such weapons.

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    Might be a bit small, certainly smaller than the preferred 25 lbs. range, but it seems to be a viable option for small UAVs.
     
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    On my phone now but there is an Austrian mini vtol uav that has small missiles.
     
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