Engine updates allow Lockheed's Fury UAS to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours

 

Lockheed Martin says it has conducted engineering tests that indicate that its Fury UAS will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours—making it one of the highest endurance unmanned systems in its class—following the integration of the 1803 engine into the aircraft.

An expeditionary, runway-independent UAS, Fury is adaptable and reconfigurable, making it useful for a host of military missions such as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and cyber-electronic warfare.

“We’ve engineered Fury to bring the flight endurance and other advantages of much larger unmanned aircraft into a compact, effective, category three system,” says Kevin Westfall, director of Unmanned Systems at Lockheed Martin.

“Lockheed Martin has invested heavily to mature the incredible capabilities Fury can deliver, and we’re excited to bring this system to customers around the world.”

A long-endurance, expeditionary aircraft, Fury delivers capabilities to Class 3 UAV that were once exclusive to larger and more complex systems, by leveraging its advanced fuel propulsion system, power generation and low signature design.

Being that the UAS has no landing gear, it is the “most advanced truly runway-independent UAV in its class on the market today,” according to Lockheed.

Lockheed adds that the complete Fury launch and recovery element can be set up on unimproved ground, in an area as small as 200 feet square.