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Bell for the Russian Federation and China: MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones will receive a new weapon for long-range strikes

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul3,2024

A call for the Russian Federation and China: MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones will receive a new weapon for long-range strikes

Warheads with GPS guidance will receive the coordinates of a moving target right in flight . The drone will be able to transfer their control to the aircraft or the ground team.

MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) will soon receive “smart” weapons from Lockheed Martin. Interesting Engineering reported the details.

Lockheed Martin and GA-ASI will develop the next-generation Net-Enabled Weapon (NEW) to improve the accuracy of targeting UAVs at moving targets located at long distances. This technology will also expand the capabilities of the drone in the field of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

NEW — it is a type of high-precision air-to-ground munition. They are equipped with a GPS-guidance function, and they are given a certain set of coordinates before starting. NEW have the ability to receive updated coordinates directly during the flight over a common data channel and can be tracked by aircraft and other platforms connected to the same network. The development of a common data link makes it possible to transfer ammunition control from one platform to another. For example, control may be transferred from the launching aircraft to the ground team during visual contact with an enemy tank formation.

The MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAV is equipped with a set of precision targeting sensors that will ensure the greatest efficiency and accuracy of damage, the developers are sure. Raytheon's SeaVue multi-purpose radar will also help the drone to shoot accurately at targets. The device will provide additional targeting capabilities.

Initial testing was completed on June 5, 2024 at the US Navy's W-289 Proving Ground in Southern California. Experts from GA-ASI and Lockheed Martin established communication between the munitions and the drone in flight over water using the SeaGuardian Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL). This will enable the Navy to engage targets at long distances with much less risk to manned platforms.

The Aviationist recently reported that one US MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAV was deployed to Kanoya Air Base, Japan, located on the coast East China Sea. The Japanese military will use it for surveillance as long as the threat from Russia and China persists.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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