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Raytheon purchases KillerBee from NG

TUCSON, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. company Raytheon announced it has purchased Northrop Grumman's KillerBee unmanned-aircraft technology.

Raytheon purchased the KillerBee unmanned aerial system, a blended-wing aircraft with common land and sea launch systems, with the intention of submitting the technology to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as an entry in the Small Tactical UAS Tier II competition.

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Officials said the KillerBee is designed to support airborne surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition for military units in combat environments.

"We're competing for (Small Tactical UAS) Tier II, but that is only the beginning," Bob Francois, Raytheon Missile Systems Advanced Programs vice president, said in a statement.

"Raytheon has rights to produce, improve and sell KillerBee IV, and our plan is to continuously mature the system and tailor it to meet the needs of allied war fighters around the globe."

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