Lockheed Martin has conductedÂ long-range endurance tests on a company-builtÂ tactical group 3 unmanned aerial system ahead of low-rate production of the drone.
The company said WednesdayÂ its FuryÂ UAS has recordedÂ a flight endurance time of 12 hours while the vehicle operated nearly 100 pounds ofÂ payload such asÂ electro-optical/infrared surveillance and multiple signals intelligence systems, satellite communications links and voice communications relays.
Kevin Westfall, director of Lockheed’s unmanned systems business, said the company continues to internally invest in Fury as part of efforts to provide customers with a capacity for ‘anytime, anywhere’ flight.
FuryÂ has loggedÂ more than 400 flight-test hours since May last yearÂ and the company increasedÂ flight tests and demonstrations duringÂ the second half of 2016.
Flight testing of the droneÂ takes place at Lockheed’sÂ operating base in Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, where the companyÂ also integrates pre-planned product updates for the Fury system.