New 12-pound Guided Bomb Flies for First Time

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed captive carry tests of its Small Tactical Munition Phase II configuration, paving the way for flight tests. "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." 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. Key Points - 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.
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Source: Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)
Date: Dec 1, 2011