The US Army’s Hunter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has successfully completed testing of the new global positioning system (GPS) guided Viper Strike (VS) weapons system at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The GPS VS providing proximity-based guidance based on GPS coordinates and laser guidance and offers nearly six miles of stand-off range with enhanced direct attack capabilities against both stationary and moving targets.

The GPS VS is expected to be deployed on board MQ-5B Hunter in support of contingency operations within the next few months.

The MQ-5B Hunter UAS currently provides soldiers with state-of-the-art reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (RSTA), communications relay, signal intelligence and weapons delivery.

The UAS, which carries a multimission optronic payload, collects RSTA information in real time and communicates it through video link to the warfighters on the ground.

MQ-5B Hunter features a robust, fixed-wing, twin tail-boom design with redundant control systems powered by two heavy fuel engines.