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09:56 AM, September 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin Unveils Lightweight Canister Launched UAS at DSEI 2017
Outrider UAS (Image: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin has unveiled a small lightweight, canister launched unmanned aircraft system (UAS), Outrider, at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI).

Outrider has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research. At only four inches wide and weighing only 1.7 kilograms, it is designed to be used in environments where conventional, larger unmanned air systems 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 UAS, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

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. Outrider has potential military, civil or commercial use and Lockheed Martin UK plans to offer it to market both in the UK and to interested export customers too.

Outrider can be supplied in an entirely International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR free configuration to address the wide commercial and military market needs, the company stated.

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