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Lockheed Martin UK unveils canister-launched mini-drone
Lockheed Martin UK unveils canister-launched mini-drone
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Lockheed Martin UK unveils canister-launched mini-drone

Lockheed Martin UK showcased its innovative OUTRIDER lightweight unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at the recent Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibit.

OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister-launched unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialisation in aerodynamics and composite materials.

At only four inches wide and weighing 1.7kg, it is designed to be used in environments where conventional, larger unmanned air systems are not practical. OUTRIDER can reach a speed of 50 knots and claims to have better payload capacity and endurance than comparable systems in this class.

The canister launch system is designed for use from airborne, land-based and naval platforms, as well as from submerged submarines. The UAS can remain airborne for two hours.

The system can be operated remotely or has the ability to be autonomous. It features a gimballed high-definition TV and infrared camera to give the operator enhanced situational awareness. The UAS, which is offered in ITAR-free configuration, has potential military, civil or commercial use (e.g. emergency services facing hazardous environments), and Lockheed Martin UK plans to offer it to market both in the UK and to interested export customers.

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