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New 12-pound Guided Bomb Flies for First Time
Raytheon completes first captive flight test of Small Tactical Munition Phase II
TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed captive carry tests of its Small Tactical Munition Phase II configuration, paving the way for flight tests.
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"Raytheon developed STM Phase II to provide the warfighter a weapon for Shadow-class UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) and counterinsurgency aircraft," said Bob Francois, vice president of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "STM is a mature, precise and affordable weapon and gives the warfighter flexibility to engage moving and static targets with minimal collateral damage."
The Sept. 16 test was conducted on a Raytheon Cobra unmanned aircraft system at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz.
About Small Tactical Munition
STM Phase II is a new 12-pound, 22-inch long, precision-guided, gravity-dropped bomb specifically designed for employment from manned and unmanned aircraft systems. STM Phase II is more than two inches shorter than the Phase I design and has foldable fins and wings, enabling employment from the U.S. military's common launch tube. STM Phase II's easier assembly will make the system simpler to manufacture on a large scale.
- At 12 pounds and 22 inches, STM is the smallest air-launched weapon in the Raytheon portfolio.
- Has both GPS and semiactive laser guidance.
- Small enough to be employed from the U.S. military's common launch tube.
Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.
Note to Editors
STM Phase II incorporates a new, purpose-built warhead designed by Nammo-Talley, and features a Kaman Aerospace enhanced electronic safe arm device.
SOURCE Raytheon Company