Lockheed Launches UAS Shadow Hawk Weapon

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Lockheed Martin has launched a precision guided weapon from its unmanned aircraft system designed to detect and neutralize threat, the company announced Tuesday.

The Shadow Hawk weapon is terminally guided by a semi-active laser seekers and was launched from the company’s Utah-based UAS Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center.

Lockheed released the munition from a Shadow 200 UAS at 5,100 feet, which then hit its target at the speed of 460 feet per second.

Shadow Hawk was navigated with its sensor, electronics and control systems to hit a target designated with a ground location laser designator, the company said. 

According to the company, the weapon provides off-axis capability for designating targets off the unmanned aircraft’s wing and is a modular, low weight lethal anti-personnel warhead.

The Air Force Research Laboratory and Lockheed are working on a small unmanned aircraft NASA will use for testing new technologies.

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