Lockheed Martin unleashes the Fury: First flight tests of stealth superdrone that can stay airborne for fifteen hours revealed and is launched by catapult
- Fury is a tactical Group 3 UAS that Lockheed has been test for nearly a year
- Has a flight endurance time of 15hrs , while carrying 200lbs of payload
- Designed with a blended 17-foot wingspan for minimal visual signature
- Shot out of a catapult for launch and uses expeditionary recovery system to land
Lockheed Martin is getting closer to unleashing Fury on the battlefield.
The Maryland based firm has announced that its unmanned aerial system, named Fury, has demonstrated a flight endurance time of 15 hours, while operating with over 200 lbs of payload and fuel at an altitude up to 15,000 feet.
But what makes this craft the ultimate warfighter, is that it does not need a runway for takeoff, instead, the drone is shot out of a mobile catapult attached to a ground vehicle.
Lockheed Martin, a global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies, has been testing Fury for nearly a year and during this period, it has flown more than 200 hours.
It demonstrated more than 15-hour endurance, while simultaneously operating 100 pounds (45kg) of payloads, including electro-optical/infrared surveillance systems, voice communications relays, SATCOM links and multiple signals intelligence payloads.
'These flight tests have consistently proven that Fury is a true 'anytime, anywhere' tactical Group 3 aircraft,' said Kevin Westfall, Director of Unmanned Systems at Lockheed Martin.
'We continue to investment internally in Fury to deliver this proven, critical capability at the best value for our customers.'
And what separates this advanced tactical Group 3 unmanned aerial system from the rest, is that it is specifically designed to execute strategic and tactical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions with endurance and capability previously found only in Group 4 systems.(Daily Mail(