Textron completes Fury weapon development with tests against moving targets
Textron Systems Weapon and Sensor Systems has tested the Fury lightweight precision-guided glide munition against moving targets, marking the completion of the weapon's development.
During the flight testing at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, US, the company recorded 23.8 flight hours for the Fury weapon between captive carriage, survey flights and ten weapon releases from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Of the total 13 test flights conducted, two tests involved the use of Textron Systems' Shadow tactical UAS at an altitude of 8,000ft and a 1.5km standoff against a moving target.
The test results of the Fury improve both system maturity and technology readiness level (TRL), Textron stated.
Textron Systems Weapon and Sensor Systems senior vice-president and general manager Brian Sinkiewicz said: "Based on the results achieved during the Fury flight testing, we are pleased with the development progress of the lightweight precision-guided munition.”
The weapon uses a common interface for rapid integration on multiple manned and unmanned platforms, according to the company.
Built with tri-mode fusing, the weapon is designed to address a variety of targets, ranging from static and moving light armoured vehicles, to small boats and dismounted personnel.
The Fury includes a GPS-aided inertial navigation system with a semi-active laser terminal guidance for engagement of moving targets.
This small, lightweight glide weapon is designed for platforms ranging from small unmanned aerial systems to light attack aircraft.