AUVSI 2012: Raytheon announces successful test of Pyros
Raytheon Missile Systems has announced the successful warhead and guidance test of its small tactical munition (STM), which has now been named Pyros.
The successful test on 18 July was an end-to-end validation of the munition including its two guidance modes (semi-active laser and GPS), the height-of-burst sensor, electronic safe and arm device and the multi-effects warhead. For the test Pyros was dropped from Raytheon's Cobra UAS.
'We're in the position now to get on somebody’s platform and go out and do operational testing,' JR Smith, senior manager business development STM, stated. 'It has matured as it has gotten smaller and smaller,' he added. The bomb weighs in at 13.5lbs and is only 22in long.
A number of customers are believed to be interested in Pyros. The US Marine Corps has a stated requirement to arm their Shadow 200 UAS and the bomb has been firmly aimed at that requirement.
Smith said that if a customer wanted Pyros it could be integrated and fielded in one year.
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