The US Marine Corps has awarded Tel Aviv, Israel, based unmanned systems maker UVision a contract for the delivery of its Hero-120 loitering munition systems.
The USMC awarded the contract through UVision’s business development partner Mistral.
USMC will use the munitions for its Organic Precision Fire Mounted (OPF-M) system, equipping an undisclosed number of Light Armored Vehicle-Mortars (LAV-M), Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), and Long Range Unmanned Surface Vessels (LRUSV) with the system.
UVision’s Hero-120 OPF-M has been selected after the completion of several successful demonstrations, tests and evaluation processes. It will provide USMC with ISR, and indirect fire strike capabilities.
UVision noted it would also supply its MultiCanister Launcher for the integration effort.
The Hero-120 is a mid-range, anti-armor weapon system with a unique aerodynamic structure that carries out strikes against antiarmor, anti-material and anti-personnel targets including tanks, vehicles, concrete fortifications, and other soft targets in populated urban areas.
The munition weighs 12.5 kilograms and has a 4.5 warhead. It has a range of around 40 kilometers and can stay in the air for an hour before finding its target.
The system boasts minimal collateral damage, according to the manufacturer, and can carry a range of multi-purpose warheads for a variety of targets.
“We are proud to be selected by the Marines to provide advanced solutions for the US frontline forces” says Major General (Ret.) Avi Mizrachi, CEO of UVision. “The contract is a testament of our customers’ strong belief in our systems and their impressive technical performance. Our subsidiary, UVision USA, is in a process of establishing our US based production facility to support the USMC OPF-M program.”