DSEI, LONDON. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) in Bethesda, Maryland, has unveiled a new, small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) designed and developed in the United Kingdom at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) in London. Outrider is a lightweight, canister-launched UAS designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin U.K.'s Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company specializing in aerodynamics and composite materials.
Four inches wide and weighing 1.7 kilograms (3.75 pounds), Outrider is designed to be used in environments where conventional, larger unmanned aircraft are impractical. Despite its size, Outrider can travel up to 50 knots and boasts the best payload capacity and endurance when compared with similar UAS, officials say.
Outrider can be launched at the press of a button and operated remotely or autonomously. It features a high-definition TV (HDTV) and infrared camera to enhance situational awareness. Outrider has potential for military, civil, or commercial use. Lockheed Martin UK plans to offer it to market in the UK and to interested export customers.
"We are proud to offer Outrider, which has been designed and built in the UK for the international market. It provides secure, leading-edge situational awareness capabilities in its class for ground, surface, air, or sub-surface operational environments and can be launched at the press of a button," says Paul Livingston, vice president and group managing director, Lockheed Martin UK - Integrated Systems.
Designed with export possibilities, Outrider can be supplied in an entirely International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) free configuration to address the wide commercial and military market needs.
"We're excited and very proud of our collaboration with Lockheed Martin UK on the Outrider project," says Nick Wirth, CEO 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."
Lockheed Martin has five decades of experience in unmanned and robotic systems for air, land, and sea.
Lockheed Martin U.K., headquartered in London, is the U.K.-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Wirth Research is a U.K. engineering and design technology business led by founder Nick Wirth. Originally focused on championship winning international race car engineering, Wirth Research has developed to apply its motor sport mindset to innovations across multiple industry sectors including aerospace, architecture, automotive, commercial vehicle, motor sport, and retail refrigeration.
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