LAS VEGAS -- When it comes to munitions, Raytheon Co. usually thinks big.
Multi-ton bunker-busting bombs. Jet engine-powered cruise missiles. GPS-guided 500-pound bombs.
Now the Waltham, Mass., defense giant believes it has something small to offer.
After developing a 13.5-pound "smart bomb" for four years, Raytheon has carried out a successful test flight at the Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The bomb, called Pyros, was dropped from a drone flying at 7,000 feet and hit the designated bull's-eye on a target that lay below.
The target had two dummies, which simulated insurgents planting an improvised explosive device. (See in the video below.)
“It went right through the center of the target board,” said J.R. Smith, a company business development manager. “We demonstrated everything works end to end.”
Raytheon revealed Pyros’ capabilities Tuesday at the Assn. for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International trade show in Las Vegas, where hundreds of robot makers have gathered to show off their wares.