Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) tested a new warhead to be used by unmanned aircraft systems.
According to the firm, “The new 5-pound warhead, manufactured by NammoTalley, is lighter than the current warhead but has significantly improved blast-fragment capability compared with the old design enabling Raytheon to reduce the size and weight of STM significantly.”
STM is the smallest air-launched weapon produced by Raytheon, weighing in at 13 pounds.
“The low weight and small size of STM enables UAS to fly farther, faster and carry more weapons then they could if they were limited to carrying a single 100-pound class weapon, ” said Bob Francois, Raytheon vice president of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems. “STM’s small size also enables weaponization of smaller UAS, such as the Shadow 200, that currently cannot be weaponized because of payload limitations.”