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Live Firing on Dragonfly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Dragonfly UAV.
by Staff Writers
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2006
Metal Storm is pleased to announce that it has conducted a live firing of its 40mm weapon system installed on a Dragonfly Pictures (DPI) DP-5X prototype Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). A number of flights and ground demonstrations were performed September 27-28, 2006, at the Warren Grove Air National Guard Bombing Range in Warren Grove, NJ under a Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) contracted activity.

The flight demonstrations included firing from the hover position at various altitudes as well as forward flight "strafing" runs.

The live fires utilized Metal Storm's GE40 40 mm grenade launcher, FC440 remotely operated fire control unit, and MK16-KE 40 mm kinetic energy projectiles.

Initial tests were conducted from the DP-5X UAV in strap down mode as well as un-tethered hover sighting shots. Hover shots from various altitudes were followed by a concluding forward speed flight with shots that targeted a vehicle sited on the firing range.

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Cambridge MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2006
U.S. researchers say they are creating an intelligent airborne fleet of small, unmanned vehicles for military use. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists and their colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Boeing Phantom Works in Seattle say such unmanned aerial vehicles would require little human supervision and could automatically monitor their own condition.

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