Fury flight demonstrations continue
Lockheed Martin is regularly flying long-range endurance test missions with its Fury UAS as the company prepares for low-rate production.
Since May 2016, Fury has flown over 200 hours in flight tests and demonstrated more than 12 hour endurance, while simultaneously operating 100lb payloads, including electro-optical/infrared surveillance systems, voice communications relay, satellite communication links, and multiple signals intelligence payloads. Fury can support multiple payload integration, making it possible to execute various missions with a single aircraft.
Lockheed Martin in flying the UAS at its operating base at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Infrastructure is in place at the company's manufacturing facilities in anticipation of production needs as discussions with a number of potential domestic and international customers continue.
Kevin Westfall, director of unmanned systems at Lockheed Martin, said: 'These flight tests have consistently proven that Fury is a true anytime, anywhere tactical Group 3 aircraft. Fury can be deployed to execute strategic and tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions with endurance and capability previously found only in Group 4 systems.
'We continue to investment internally in Fury to deliver this proven, critical capability at the best value for our customers.'
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