New 12-pound Guided Bomb Flies for First Time
- Raytheon completes first captive flight test of Small Tactical Munition Phase II
"Raytheon developed STM Phase II to provide the warfighter a weapon for Shadow-class UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) and counterinsurgency aircraft," said Bob Francois, vice president of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "STM is a mature, precise and affordable weapon and gives the warfighter flexibility to engage moving and static targets with minimal collateral damage."
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The Sept. 16 test was conducted on a Raytheon Cobra unmanned aircraft system at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz.
About Small Tactical Munition
STM Phase II is a new 12-pound, 22-inch long, precision-guided, gravity-dropped bomb specifically designed for employment from manned and unmanned aircraft systems. STM Phase II is more than two inches shorter than the Phase I design and has foldable fins and wings, enabling employment from the U.S. military's common launch tube. STM Phase II's easier assembly will make the system simpler to manufacture on a large scale.
- At 12 pounds and 22 inches, STM is the smallest air-launched weapon in the Raytheon portfolio.
- Has both GPS and semiactive laser guidance.
- Small enough to be employed from the U.S. military's common launch tube.
Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)