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Textron unveils new precision glide bomb

Small precision-guided glide bomb makes debut in Britain.

By Richard Tomkins

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15 (UPI) -- A new precision-guided glide weapon for use from a variety of aerial platforms has been introduced by Textron Systems' Weapon & Sensor Systems.

The bomb, called Fury, was designed by Textron and its partner, Thales UK. It is 27 inches long, three inches in diameter, weighs 12.7 lbs. and uses a common interface for rapid integration on multiple manned and unmanned aircraft systems.

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"Fury provides users a cost-effective precision-strike capability that maximizes aircraft efficiency while maintaining platform effectiveness," said Ian Walsh, Textron Systems' Weapon & Sensor Systems senior vice president and general manager.

"The new weapon applies mature technologies and provides customers an affordable capability with a low-risk, rapid integration schedule."

Textron, which unveiled the weapon at the Farnborough International Airshow, said Fury is equipped with a proven warhead and tri-mode fuzing capability. It uses a GPS-aided inertial navigation system and has a semi-active laser seeker terminal guidance capability.

In testing against stationary and moving targets, Fury had a strike accuracy of within about three feet.

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