Military Embedded Systems

Raytheon Testing Proves Precision and Power of the Pyros Tactical Munition for UASs


August 08, 2012

Brandon Lewis

Technology Editor

Embedded Computing Design

LAS VEGAS - A warhead and guidance system test of Raytheon?s Pyros tactical munition has been successfully completed, validating the system?s height-of-burst, electronic safe and arm device, GPS and semi-active guidance modes, and multi-effects warhead at the Yuma Proving Ground. Designed with small, tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) in mind, the 13.5 lb., 22? weapon was dropped from a Cobra UAS and detonated directly over its target at a predetermined height calculated by Pyros height-of-burst sensor.

Targeting with GPS/INS and digital semi-active laser guidance, the smallest air-launched weapon in the Raytheon’s portfolio is a gravity-dropped bomb that can also be used in a Common Launch Tube (CLT). Tom Bussing, vice president of Raytheon’s Advanced Missile Systems division commented on Pyros stated that the “next step is to complete ongoing integration work on fielded platforms and prepare for production."

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