Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems is in the final phase of tests for the Fury lightweight precision guided glide munition which is designed for use on tactical unmanned aircraft systems (TUAS).
“Follow on testing for is now underway and we are finalising a few more weapon drops over the next few weeks. The drops that have taken place thus far have gone on well,” a senior company official told Asian Defence Technology on the sidelines of the recently concluded UMEX 2018 event in Abu Dhabi.
“Following the completion of these tests, the U.S. armed forces will consider placing a formal contract for the Fury,” the official adds.
Fury is a small, lightweight glide weapon, weighing just 6kg.
Testing is also underway for use of the weapon on GA-ASI MQ-1C Gray Eagle and Textron Systems Shadow UAVs.
Textron Systems has also developed a configuration wherein, a Predator drone will be able to carry six Fury precision munitions as compared to two Hellfire weapons.
Guidance is for the Fury weapon is achieved using GPS-aided inertial navigation system terminal guidance is achieved by using Semi-Active Laser. This allows the precision munition to engage moving targets.