Textron conducts flight test of G-CLAW precision guided glide weapon


Textron Systems Weapon and Sensor Systems has conducted flight testing of its G-CLAW precision-guided glide weapon at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, US.

During the testing, conducted late last year, the G-CLAW precision-guided glide weapon successfully engaged static and moving targets within 1m circular error probable (CEP), by transferring navigation from a GPS-aided inertial navigation system to the semi-active laser (SAL) sensor for terminal guidance.

Launched from Cessna Caravan, the 106cm-long weapon engaged an off-axis target greater than 2km downrange from the aircraft, Textron stated.

"The G-CLAW can be adapted to changing mission requirements at minimum development cost."

Textron Systems Weapon and Sensor Systems senior vice-president and general manager Brian Sinkiewicz said: “We are pleased with the test results and development progress of the G-CLAW precision guided weapon system.”

Designed to support rapid incorporation of emerging technologies in guidance, seekers and warhead effects, the G-CLAW can be adapted to changing mission requirements at minimum development cost.

The precision-guided glide weapon system weapon features a GPS-aided INS, proportional control actuation system, and a 20lb shaped charge warhead with fragmentation sleeve optimised for anti-personnel, vehicles including light armor, watercraft, and light structures.

The G-CLAW, fitted with a tri-mode fuse, can be integrated onto a variety of aircraft including the Cessna Caravan and Textron AirLand Scorpion jet, as well as the common launch tube (CLT) and standard bomb racks.

In addition to precision-guided weapon systems, Textron Systems Weapon and Sensor Systems provides sensor / ISR systems, advanced protection systems, and strategic missile and space solutions for military and government customers across the globe.