Mar 4, 2011 By David Hambling AviationWeek.com
A new generation of highly accurate mini-weapons is being developed for small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for use against personnel and light vehicles. One factor in development is the need to weaponize small UAVs such as the RQ-7 Shadow from AAI Corp., in use by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, which cannot carry a 100-lb. Hellfire missile. Raytheon’s latest offering in this area is the Small Tactical Munition (STM), a 13-lb. glide bomb with GPS and semi-active laser guidance that can hit fixed and moving targets in all weather. Development has been completed in an approach that Don Newman, program director for advanced weapons at Raytheon, calls “Lamott”—lay a missile on the table. “We build a missile with company money, then demonstrate it to people who might be interested,” he says.