GD AND US ARMY TEST GPS-GUIDED MUNITION ON TIGER SHARK UAV
General Dynamics (GD) Ordnance and Tactical Systems and the US Army Armament Research and Development Engineering Center (ARDEC) have conducted a joint GPS-guided weapons test with the Tiger Shark unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). During the tests, the UAV launched an 81mm mortar from a height of 7,000 feet and was guided to within 7 m of a GPS-identified target grid in three separate engagements.
The mortar was equipped with GD’s roll control fixed canard (RCFC) control system and an ARDEC-developed fusing solution to provide precision-strike capabilities. GD Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ Seattle Operations General Manager Mark Schneider said the effort demonstrated a low-cost tactical version of a GPS strike weapon in the 10 lbs-class for tactical UAV platforms.