Lockheed Martin’s Scorpion Successful in Flight Test

A Lockheed Martin Scorpion munition
was successfully flight tested June 17 from a C-130 aircraft at Yuma
Proving Ground, AZ. Ejected at an altitude of 5,000 feet through a
Common Launch Tube on the aircraft, Scorpion successfully deployed its
fins and wing, allowing it to precisely glide 1.65 nautical miles to
the target.

Utilizing a Global Positioning System / Inertial Navigation System
to locate the target area, Scorpion employed its Semi-Active Laser
(SAL) seeker to strike the laser-designated target. The SAL seeker is
one of several seekers that can be used with Scorpion.

Scorpion is an unpowered, lightweight, compact munition that provides the Warfighter with an affordable strike option
against a broad target set. Scorpion is adaptable to multiple launch
platforms, including manned and unmanned systems. Targets can include
structures, personnel, lightly armored vehicles, trucks, cars, missile launchers, and artillery or gun positions. It has a maximum range of over 10 nautical miles.

“Scorpion provides the Warfighter with a much-needed affordable
solution against targets in areas requiring low collateral damage, such
as urban environments,” said Randy Bigum, vice president of Strike
Weapons forLockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “This precision attack munition
features a small, lethal warhead which can be launched from a wide
variety of platforms to take out time-critical fixed or moving targets.”

Scorpion uses a SAL seeker for man-in-the-loop terminal guidance,
and can be tailored to use planned, imaging infrared, shortwave
infrared or millimeter wave seekers. The precision provided by these
seeker types ensures accuracy
to less than one meter and dramatically reduces the possibility of
collateral damage. Multiple warhead options are also available for use
against various target types.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security
company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally
engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration
and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.