GD AND US ARMY TEST GPS-GUIDED MU­NI­TION ON TIGER SHARK UAV

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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.

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