Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister-launched UAS
LONDON — Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) that has been designed and developed in the United Kingdom.
OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister-launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK’s Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialization in aerodynamics and composite materials. At 4 inches wide and weighing 1.7 kilograms, it is designed to be used in environments where conventional, larger UASs are not practical. Despite its size, OUTRIDER can travel up to 50 knots and boasts the best payload capacity and endurance when compared with similar UASs.
Launched at the press of a button, OUTRIDER can be operated remotely or has the ability to be autonomous. It features a high-definition TV and infrared camera to give the operator enhanced situational awareness. The versatility of OUTRIDER means it has potential military, civil or commercial use.
“We are proud to offer OUTRIDER which has been designed and built in the UK for the international market,” said Paul Livingston, vice president and group managing director, Lockheed Martin UK-Integrated Systems. “It provides secure, leading-edge situational awareness capabilities for ground, surface, air or sub-surface operational environments.”
“We’re excited and very proud of our collaboration with Lockheed Martin UK on the OUTRIDER project,” said Nick Wirth, chief executive officer and Wirth Research founder. “Performance enhancement and innovation are fundamental to our motor sport heritage at Wirth Research. Transferring this approach from racing, combined with our rapid concept development and aero expertise, has been key to successfully meeting the technical challenges set by the Lockheed Martin team. OUTRIDER is the leading-edge result.”