22 October 2010
The bomb's dual-mode, semiactive laser seeker and GPS-inertial navigation system enable the weapon to engage both fixed and moving targets around-the-clock, regardless of weather conditions.
"Current combat operations have highlighted the need for extremely small, precise weapons that are optimally designed for remotely piloted aircraft," said Bob Francois, Raytheon vice president of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems. "STM is part of a portfolio of weapons that meets the warfighter's need in this area."
Raytheon flight tested two STM weapons on two separate passes from a Cobra UAS. The GPS-INS guided the weapons to a mid-course position where the semiactive laser seeker precisely guided the weapon to the target, achieving all test objectives.
"Raytheon has been the world leader in weapons and aircraft weaponization for 60 years; developing a unique weapon for today's unmanned aircraft combat operations is a natural fit," added Francois.
Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales
of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader
specializing in defense, homeland security and other
government markets throughout the world. With a history
of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides
state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems
integration and other capabilities in the areas of
sensing; effects; and command, control, communications
and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of
mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham,
Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.