Thales and Textron Systems announced today the successful testing of the Fury® lightweight precision guided glide weapon from the Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) against static vehicle targets. Produced with Textron Systems, the Fury is built on the technology used in the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) and is the latest addition to the LMM family.
The Fury was tested from a Textron Systems’ Shadow TUAS at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Ariz. in late April. During the testing, the Fury was released from 8,000 feet altitude, conducted a Global Positioning System (GPS) guided fly-out maneuver and transitioned to the Semi-Active Laser (SAL) guided terminal engagement, directly striking a static vehicle target.
The latest test was a significant incremental step in the weapon’s development. Fury offers proportionate effects in time-critical, network-centric Close Air Support and Armed ISTAR missions against both fixed and moving targets.
The Fury weapon uses a standard interface for a widely used launcher type. The weapon’s tri-mode fuzing – impact, height of burst and delay – further enables a single Fury to address a broad target set. The precision weapon Fury is guided by a GPS-aided inertial navigation unit system with a SAL Seeker terminal guidance capability. This enables the weapon to engage both stationary and moving targets within 1 meter accuracy, or fly to specific target coordinates.
Thales and Textron Systems began development of the Fury weapon system in 2014. The team utilizes their expertise in weapon systems, and sub component and system-level integration in major United States and United Kingdom weapon system programs in development of the system. The team will co-market and produce the system for US domestic and international markets.