Raytheon’s two foot long laser-guided missile could be on small drones within months

By | July 18, 2012

Here’s a disturbing thought: small drones, perpetually flying overhead, not only armed with facial recognition and threat assessment technology but also two foot long laser-guided bombs known as “Small Tactical Munition.”

This incredible and quite disturbing advancement is so far along that a business manager for Raytheon’s missile division told AIN Online that they’re “just tweaking the software and running some environmental tests.”

However, this did not happen overnight. Indeed, this has been an experimental project over at Raytheon – one of America’s many war profiteering corporations – since at least 2009.

The precision bomb weighs in at less than one 10th of the commonly known Hellfire missiles carried on the similarly infamous Predator and Reaper drones, which have already been and are currently being used on Americans and will undoubtedly be used more frequently as time goes on unless radical changes are made.

It will be fitted to the relatively tiny AAI RQ-7 Shadow which has either a wingspan ranging from 12 feet to 14 ft depending on if they’re using the RQ-7A Shadow or RQ-7B Shadow. …

via Activist Post: Raytheon’s two foot long laser-guided missile could be on small drones within months.

Just reading the specs on the AAI RQ-7 Shadow. (Empty weight 165 lbs, max take off weight 328 lbs. Max speed 129 mph, max altitude 14,993 ft, max range 48 miles ) It is hard to believe that the craft in that picture can take off with the added weight of a 163 lb person. The powerplant is one UEL AR-741 208cc rotary piston engine. I believe it would use “either 87 octane automotive gasoline or 100LL aviation fuel.” – link

This is a 38 hp motor at 23.5 lbs. Three of these engines mounted to a platform should be able to lift me easily, no just kidding. They won’t sell them for human flight. I want them to make an air blowing machine for special effects in my movie. 😉

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