Lockheed Martin has been making a name in the defense industry since the days World War 2. Today, the brand reaches all facets of the battlefield including conventional weapons, systems, and space technology. With the rise of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) as an industry, the company joined other defense industry players in delivering a bevy of UAV options for global customers that suite nearly any mission role. The Fury 1500 represents a relatively new contribution to the field, marketed as a long-endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) combining industry proven know-how, low signature design qualities, and powerful capabilities in both Intelligence / Surveillance / Reconnaissance (ISR) and Intelligence / Electronic Warfare (IEW) roles.
The Fury 1500 sports an endurance window of fifteen hours, providing much-needed long-range capabilities for ground commanders at the strategic and tactical levels. Its specific design lowers traditional acoustic levels as well as the visual signature being presented to opposing forces by giving the aircraft a slim, well-streamlined profile - one that mimics a flying wing with no vertical tail surfaces in play. The bulk of the primary components are housed in the blended body bulge with an optics set hung under the belly for unobstructed views below the airframe. The single engine installation drives a three-blade propeller fitted in a "pusher" arrangement at the rear of the aircraft. Its mission load is configurable to suit the mission need which broadens the product's tactical value over the warzone. Unlike other large-class UAS vehicles, the Fury 1500 does not require use of a runway - it is launched via catapult and recovered through a net system. This allows the vehicle to be launched and recovered from the field or from the deck of a warship.
November 2017 - Lockheed Martin has announced an engine upgrade (1803) for its Fury UAV line to help increase inherent endurance.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Maritime / Navy
Land-based or shipborne capability for operating over-water in various maritime-related roles while supported by allied naval surface elements.
✓Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.
14.3 ft (4.35 m)
298 lb (135 kg)
441 lb (200 kg)
+143 lb (+65 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Lockheed Martin Fury 1500 production variant)
monoplane / mid-mounted / swept-back
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted along the midway point of the sides of the fuselage.
The planform features wing sweep back along the leading edges of the mainplane, promoting higher operating speeds.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base Lockheed Martin Fury 1500 production variant)
1 x Heavy fuel (JP8) engine driving three-blade propeller in "pusher" arrangement.
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