Lock­heed Martin demon­stra­tions of Fury Ex­pe­di­tionary UAS

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Lock­heed Martin’s ad­vanced tac­ti­cal Group 3 un­manned aerial sys­tem (UAS), Fury, is reg­u­larly fly­ing lon­grange en­durance test mis­sions as the com­pany pre­pares it for low-rate pro­duc­tion.

In flight tests since May 2016, Fury has flown more than 200 hours and re­li­ably demon­strated more than 12-hour en­durance, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously op­er­at­ing 100 pounds of pay­loads, in­clud­ing elec­troop­ti­cal/in­frared sur­veil­lance sys­tems, voice com­mu­ni­ca­tions re­lays, SATCOM links, and mul­ti­ple sig­nals in­tel­li­gence pay­loads.

The ramp-up in flight tests and de­mon- stra­tions has grown sig­nif­i­cantly. Fury has com­pleted over 400 flight test hours, with sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the sec­ond half of 2016.

“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,” said Kevin West­fall, Di­rec­tor of Un­manned Sys­tems at Lock­heed Martin.

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