Razer allows projectiles to literally spread their wings to hit farther and more accurately.
BAE Systems Australia has unveiled Razer technology that turns an unguided aerial bomb into a precision-guided kamikaze drone. Details of the project are described on the official website.
The Razer system is a body kit with folding wings and tail, equipped with a guidance and navigation system: GPS and inertial. It allows the ammunition to plan and correct the direction of flight directly in the air, increasing the accuracy and range of impact.
Razer is compatible with standard 40-50kg unguided munitions used in drones and helicopters. According to BAE Systems, the technology will bridge the gap between cheap short-range ground weapons and expensive long-range air-launched munitions of the same caliber.
unguided aerial bomb
Photo: BAE Systems
It is worth noting that so far BAE Systems has presented only the Razer concept. Representatives of the company assume that the development of the system will take several months, including the purchase of the necessary equipment, software, mechanical subsystems and other necessary elements. After that, the management hopes to sell the technology to the armed forces of Australia and other countries, including the US, UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.
“Razer fills an obvious gap in the market for homing weapons systems. This will allow our defense forces to easily access world-class munitions right here in Australia,” commented Ben Hudson, CEO of BAE Systems Australia. “Razer can meet the demand for low-cost air-launched munitions. It can provide powerful, affordable battlefield strike capabilities to customers around the world.”
In February 2023, information appeared that the United States would transfer JDAM-ER smart bombs to Ukraine, designed to destroy anti-aircraft missile systems. It is assumed that they can cover a distance of up to 72 km thanks to folding wings.
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