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Air-Launched Weapons

DARPA developing affordable, generic seeker for precision guided weapons

16 May 2018

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a low-cost seeker that will fit onto any air-deployed munition and can use parts from any company.

Under its Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) programme, DAPRA is designing a seeker with a new open architecture that is government-owned, using a government standard so that users can add new sensors, change the computer processor, and change software modules, Tom Karr, the agency’s programme manager for SECTR, told Jane’s .

In future, DARPA wants to achieve three things with that system, Karr said.

It wants to have a seeker that can operate in a GPS-denied environment, as well as operate even with the loss of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, he said.

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