US: An agreement has been signed between Raytheon and UVision to work on small loitering UAVs to meet US military requirements, it announced on 27 May. According to the deal, Raytheon will adapt UVision’s Hero 30 remotely-operated lethal loitering UAV to US Army requirements for Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS).
The Hero 30 is a canister-launched, man-portable airborne loitering system that will be modified by Raytheon for lethal target engagement and conventional airborne ISR missions. It will be designed to meet special operations and conventional small unit requirements.
Thomas Bussing, vice president of advanced missile systems, Raytheon, said: ‘Raytheon and UVision will offer US Army small units a new capability with a fully-developed, portable, lethal loitering system. This system significantly enhances the situational awareness and combat power of small units operating on the battlefield.’
Noam Levitt, CEO, UVision, said: ‘We are eager to begin work with Raytheon – one of the world’s most innovative technology and defence companies. The Hero 30 plays a significant role for ground forces regardless of the operating environment. Our partnership with Raytheon provides valuable battlefield intelligence and the capability to directly engage enemy threats when necessary.’
Source: Shephard Media