Lockheed Martin Introduces OUTRIDER, a Canister Launched UAS

Outrider is Lockheed Martin’s new, lightweight canister launched UAS that’s been unveiled at DSEI in London (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

The new OUTRIDER unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from Lockheed Martin is designed to complete missions in smaller spaces that larger drones are too big to access.

The small, canister launched UAS is four inches wide and weighs 1.7 kilograms, according to a news release. It can travel up to 50 knots and is said to have larger payload capacity and endurance than other UAS of a similar size. It was designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK’s Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company that specializes in aerodynamics and composite materials.

Operators can fly the drone remotely or it can complete missions autonomously. It comes equipped with a high-definition TV and infrared camera for enhanced situational awareness. The versatile drone can be used for military, civil and commercial applications.