Last Updated: 08/29/2013*

From a tiny guided bomb to an unarmed, miniature cruise missile, Raytheon is developing a new line of armaments that are small and lightweight without sacrificing power and accuracy.

The Small Tactical Munition, the Griffin Missile and a payload-carrying version of the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy share many of the same targeting and guidance features as larger Raytheon-built weapons.

The Small Tactical Munition is a 13-pound (6 kg), 22-inch (55 cm) long, precision-guided, gravity-dropped bomb designed for smaller, tactical unmanned aircraft. Currently in development, it is the smallest air-launched weapon in the Raytheon portfolio.

"This weapon is mature, precise, affordable and easy to employ," said Tom Bussing, Raytheon's vice president of Advanced Missile Systems.

The bomb is is ideal for tactical UAS platforms like the RQ-7 Shadow and manned counterinsurgency aircraft, Bussing said. It will be able to hit moving targets with minimal collateral damage.

The munition features satellite navigation and digital semi-active laser guidance, and is small enough for two to be employed from a single U.S. military common launch tube.

Raytheon's Small Tactical Munition undergoes fit check
Raytheon's Small Tactical Munition undergoes fit check

It has a new, purpose-built warhead and features an enhanced electronic safe arm device.

Raytheon conducted successful guided flight tests in February 2012. It plans guided tests with live warheads this summer at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.

Raytheon's Griffin missile is 43 inches long, weighs just 45 pounds in the launch tube, and carries a 13-pound warhead.

Already in production and installed on the USMC KC-130J Harvest Hawk, the combat-proven Griffin A is an aft-eject missile designed for use on cargo aircraft.

"With Harvest Hawk it's a roll-on, roll-off capability," Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon's Air Warfare Systems, told reporters at the Farnborough Air Show this week. "You push it in - you have to leave the door open, of course - but then you shoot it out the back."

Griffin B is a forward-firing missile that launches from rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. It can also be launched from the ground.

Griffin has a record of successful rapid integration. The small missile has been fired from C-130 platforms and, most recently, from a modified Rolling Airframe Missile launcher.

At 12 feet long, the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy is one-third the size of a Tomahawk missile but contains many of the same features. It carries a sophisticated guidance system and can fly 500 miles using a small jet engine.

Raytheon makes a decoy version and is developing a jammer version called the MALD-J. A third variant, the MALD-V, is an empty vehicle that could carry a 42-pound (19-kilogram) load, Schulte said.

"It's a cruise missile without a payload," Schulte told reporters.

Customers can fit anything they want in the cargo area, Schulte said. Aircraft could launch the device off a standard missile rail.

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