Thousands of smaller and more powerful gliding missiles for US special ops

Special Ops are getting thousands of lightweight glide missiles that are smaller and more powerful than a Hellfire and fired from a C-130 gunship tens of thousands of feet above the battlefield.

Small Glide Munitions (SGM) can travel more than 20 miles and slam into targets moving up to 70 mph with its 36-lb. warhead. The entire SGM missile weighs 59 pounds compared to 100 pound Hellfires.

A modified version of the SGM could be a good fit for the Army’s lightweight precision munition program, which is looking to get a new generation of lightweight bombs on drones and helicopters.

The SGM offers an all azimuth launch capability, while its deployable wing provides significant stand-off range resulting in a large weapon footprint and a corresponding increase in armed over-watch area. Integrated into a Common Launch Tube, the SGM is compatible with the Battle Management System as well as other weapon interfaces. The semi-active laser guided munition uses lattice control fins for aerodynamic stability and control, similar to Dynetics-developed designs used on the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast munition and the GBU-57A/B Massive Ordinance Penetrator.

▪ Length: 42 inches
▪ Diameter: 4.5 inches
▪ Wingspan: 28 inches
▪ 60lb / 36lb warhead