IDEX: Loitering Firepower Silently Strikes

WARBLEfly loitering munition features innovative wing folding mechanism

Polish company MSP (Booth 08-D33), an unmanned systems innovator established in 2001, showcases their second-generation, tube-launched unmanned combat aircraft system for use by ground troops in modern (asymmetric and symmetric) warfare scenarios. Named WARBLEfly, the loitering munition system allows them to pinpoint targets of differend kinds with great precision and superior lethality. According to MSP, fittment of four different warheads is on offer, depending on the type of target: High Explosive-Fragmentation (HE-FRAG); High Explosive Anti Tank-Fragmentation (HEAT-FRAG); thermobaric (TBX); and inert. MSP also offers a payload for training purposes. It was also noted that the electric propulsion system enables the aerial vehicle to silently fulfill its mission, loitering unoticed above hostile positions. Once engaged, WARBLEfly silently strikes with high precision. Intelligence is provided by daylight and thermal cameras that give operators the unprecedented capability to detect and track targets on complex terrain. Features of the loitering munition include an operation altitude of 50-250m; a flight endurance of up to 30 minutes; a cruise speed of 80-95km/h; a maximum speed of 180km/h; a combat range of 5-15km; and a maximum take-off weight of 6kg, including the 1.6kg warehead.

MSP said that recovery of the aerial vehicle is provided by a small parachute system in case a mission is aborted. With the loitering munition showcased in Abu Dhabi, MSP expects to fill the gap in short-range precision strike by infantry and special forces, covering a complete range of targets, from infantry positions to armoured vehicles and caves.

Dr Stefan Nitschke 

Publish date

02/17/2019

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