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Weaponising UAS Gathers Pace

29th July 2009 - 11:14 GMT | by in Newport, Wales


Combat operations from Kosovo to Afghanistan over the past decade have convinced the US military and many allied armed forces that the era of ‘weaponised unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is “here to stay”.

Speaking at the Shephard UV Europe event in July, Ryan Hartman, director of unmanned systems for Raytheon, said the trend to weaponise unmanned aerial system (UAS) was across “all tiers” of systems, because of their “ability to compress the kill chain”. He said weaponised UAS potential has not been fully realized”.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s business develop director for tactical missiles and manuevre systems, John

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