by Richard Tomkins
National Harbor, Md. (UPI) Sep 17, 2014
Textron's Guided Clean Area Weapon has successfully completed a live-fire demonstration at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
G-CLAW, which utilizes GPS navigation, is a weapon that glides down onto its target with a parachute, explodes in air and showers bomb fragments over a wide area.
The fragmenting warhead is scalable for use against personnel and armor.
Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems said that a demonstration G-CLAW, dropped by a Cessna Caravan from an altitude of 10,000 feet and exploded within four yards of the designation spot, validated its guidance, warhead and fusing capability.
"What we accomplished at Yuma Proving Ground further validates the effectiveness of this highly flexible weapon system," said Ian Walsh, Weapon & Sensor Systems senior vice president and general manager. "This demonstration sets the stage for further integration of additional features as well as testing from other aircraft platforms -- all toward the goal of providing the warfighter with an accurate and affordable weapon system designed for static or moving targets."
The weapon is being developed as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Program Executive Office of the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Textron said G-CLAW can be integrated onto a variety of aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles.
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