American unmanned aerial systems company Insitu has announced new kinetic capability for its Integrator UAS to guide and strike with miniature, precision munitions.
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The Boeing company has collaborated with defence developers and US government agencies to enable the new capability on its 24-hour flight endurance Integrator UAS and showcase the development at defence expos in Poland and England this month.
The NATO Class 1 Small UAS can carry up to 25 per cent of its maximum gross take-off weight as payloads are distributed among its nose, payload bay, two wing trays, and two wing-mounted hardpoints.
Global growth vice-president Abigail Denburg said Integrator’s unique modular design enables it to carry multiple payloads during the same mission.
“Based on global events and the evolution of the modern battlefield, Insitu’s customers are demanding a kinetic strike capability,” she said.
“To meet this demand, we are actively partnering to test a variety of kinetic capabilities for the Integrator UAS, which will shorten the time from detection and identification to execution.
“This modular capability builds on Integrator’s unique design and enables our end users to easily transition between kinetic and non-kinetic missions.”
The company has previously successfully tested inert kinetic payloads on a RQ-21 Blackjack variant of the Integrator during US Navy testing in September 2021.