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Paris Air Show 2019: UVision unveils new HERO developments

13 June 2019
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Computer-generated image of UVision’s new multi-canister launcher for the Hero-400EC loitering weapon system. Source: UVision

UVision has disclosed a series of new developments within its HERO family of precision loitering systems, including a new-generation variant of the Hero-120 and a multi-canister launcher for the Hero-400EC.

To be unveiled at the 2019 Paris Air Show, which takes place between 17-23 June in Le Bourget, the new-generation Hero-120 is an adaptation of the baseline Hero-120 man-pack portable canister-launched tactical anti-structure/anti-armour loitering munition. Designed for deployment from land, naval, and airborne platforms using re-usable rail or canister launchers, the baseline Hero-120 is a low acoustic/low thermal signature recoverable loitering munition that is able to attack targets at speed from multiple angles and directions.

Powered by an electric engine, the munition features high-speed (up to 100 kt) transit flight and low-speed loitering for loitering engagements of up to 60 minutes in duration and at ranges out to 80 km. Weighing 12 kg (missile only), Hero-120 is furnished with a two-way data link, GPS/INS navigation, nose-mounted, fully-gimballed electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) reconnaissance and terminal guidance package, and, as standard, a 4.5 kg high-explosive warhead. The munition is equipped with full mid-air abort and re-engagement capability, and has a stated circular error probable (CEP) of <1m.

Developed initially for a specific customer, the new Hero-120 variant features a modular warhead section that can accommodate different warhead solutions - tailored to customer requirements - ranging from 1.5 kg to 4.5 kg. In Paris the Hero-120 will be shown equipped with a multi-purpose warhead derived from the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missile. The New Hero-120 also features corresponding deployable cruciform aft and mid-body wing assemblies, modifications to the external aerodynamic surfaces of the munition, and a re-positioned EO/IR assembly package including a laser for the proximity mode of the fuze, and two pitot tubes for safety.

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