General Dynamics and U.S. Army ARDEC Demonstrate Low-Cost Precision Strike
Capability for Tactical UAVs
BOTHELL, Wash., Nov. 1, 2012
BOTHELL, Wash., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --General Dynamics Ordnance and
Tactical Systems and the U.S. Army Armament Research and Development
Engineering Center (ARDEC) have successfully demonstrated a GPS-guided
munition for use on small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The testing
consisted of three separate engagements using a Tiger Shark UAV launching an
81mm mortar equipped with General Dynamics' Roll Control Fixed Canard control
system and an ARDEC-developed fuzing solution. All three mortars were
launched from a UAV at altitudes of approximately 7,000 ft and guided to
within seven meters of a GPS-identified target grid.
"This effort demonstrated a low-cost, tactical version of a GPS strike weapon
for UAV platforms," said Mark Schneider, general manager of General Dynamics
Ordnance and Tactical Systems' Seattle operations. "Together with ARDEC, we
have demonstrated a weapon in the 10-pound class for tactical UAVs that can be
used to quickly engage and defeat targets. Advancements in GPS targeting and
data-link technology provide a built-in growth path for this demonstrated
"The Air Drop Mortar (ADM) program with General Dynamics provided a platform
to successfully demonstrate and mature subsystems including communication
links, munition deployment, guidance and control and fuzing," said Tony
Sebasto, senior associate for Munitions at ARDEC. "The utilization of
existing mortar production components, along with demonstrated guidance and
control and fuzing, gives the U.S. warfighter an option for a very affordable
and very capable precision strike weapon."
Designed to meet the needs of the Army, Marine Corps and Special Forces for a
rapid target response capability, the ADM uses existing mortar inventory to
provide a low-cost, lightweight weapon system with proven energetics. The
General Dynamics' patented Roll Controlled Fixed Canard (RCFC) guidance kit,
with an innovative flight-control and GPS-based guidance and navigational
system adds precision-strike capability to existing mortars. The nose-mounted
guidance kit replaces existing mortar fuzes and has been successfully
demonstrated on multiple mortar calibers in both air-drop and tube-launch
applications. The kit provides a common, multi-platform Guidance, Navigation
and Control (GNC) and integrated weapon system for unmanned aircraft.
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