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Raytheon Aims to Integrate STM on Light-Attack Aircraft

  • Small precision weapon is ideal for counterinsurgency
Washington - Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is seeking to integrate its Small Tactical Munition onto a wide variety of light-attack aircraft.

STM is a new 12-pound, 22-inch-long, precision-guided, gravity-dropped weapon. Although initially designed for employment from unmanned aircraft systems, STM's small size makes it uniquely applicable to manned systems as well. STM is the smallest air-launched weapon in Raytheon's portfolio.

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"STM's small size enables the warfighter to carry dozens of STMs on a multitude of light attack aircraft," said Bob Francois, vice president of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Instead of using an expensive system to destroy a target such as a lightly armored vehicle, the warfighter could use an STM, which costs roughly the same as a pickup truck and reduces collateral damage."

Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)

Published on ASDNews: Oct 13, 2011

 

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