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VIdeo: ATK’s Hatchet

by John Reed on April 19, 2012

ATK showed off a compact little bomb it’s developing for use on small UAVs at the Navy League’s Sea, Air and Space show in Maryland this week. Dubbed the “Hatchet,” this 60mm munition can be mounted on platforms such as the ScanEagle and is designed to offer a low-collateral damage alternative to the Hellfire missile — originally designed to take out armor — carried by the Predator.
The Hatchet features a miniaturized Laser JDAM Seeker warhead, made by Elbit Systems, and can be guided on to a target by GPS or an inertial guidance system. ATK is working with the Army, Navy and Air Force to develop the system for use against soft targets in urban areas. By that we mean it can be fired into a bad guys living room and not necessarily wipe out an innocent family next door.
– Matt Cox
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Musson April 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

Next up – Laser guided Estes Rockets!

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Pat April 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

Sounds good to me!

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bobbymike April 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

Wiley Coyote did this years ago put wings on sticks of dynamite.

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miles April 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

The peace nicks will love this.

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peacenik April 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

Anything that targets urban pollution…

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Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Yeah, we should return to the good 'ol days of carpet bombing. To heck with innocent civilians, we can finally stop pretending that we care about them after 100k+ deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Belesari April 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

……..wtf are you people on……….i swear the crazies seem crazier every day man.

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tiger April 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

You really need to get with the program. "To heck with innocent civilians?" We are not Vikings or Mongol hordes. We are NATO & the USA.

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Musson April 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

We are not the Taliban or Hamas.

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Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Tell that to the 100k+ dead civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tell that to every family that gets blown up by a drone missile.

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TMB April 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

1. 100,000 dead (if that's even the true number) over a 10 year period ain't bad considering the last 100 years of military history.
2. Civilian deaths are a fraction of enemy deaths caused by us.
3. We're not the only ones in this war shooting people and blowing things up.
4. The UN comes out with a report every year on civilian casualties in Afghanistan. The Taliban outkills us on civilians by orders of magnitude. We may accidently shoot someone in a crossfire or fire a missile at the wrong house. My unit had to help pick up the pieces of a JOB FAIR targeted by Iraqi insurgents. Hundreds were killed or wounded.
5. The fact that we don't carpet bomb any more should tell you something how we feel about civilian casualties.
6. Our rules of engagement have stayed our hand (and gotten our own people hurt) many more times than we've hit somebody in the crossfire.
7. I've had friends exposed to enemy fire because they were guarding a soccer field next to an elementary school sown with IEDs and land mines by the Taliban.

jhm April 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm

sigh… ever think about what the Russians did at Chechnya? They were about to carpet bomb the cities… Instead I think they just flew around Hind gunships and rocketed civy cars left and right stating they were potential "terrorist" transports and weapons. I'm sorry but I don't see that tactic a major tactic used by NATO or US forces.

miles April 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

sorry I was being sarcastic the peace nicks will not like this.

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Nick T. April 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm

We got that. Anonymous is just being a class-A *ss.

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Rohan April 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

Hmmmm nice………sounds interesting !!!

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dave April 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

How much does this thing weigh? The guy in the video says 100 could fit in a rotary launcher the size and shape of a hellfire. But a hellfire is only 100 lbs or so, which would imply the hatchet only weighs 1 lb each. Which I don't believe. So I'm assuming the ATK PR guy misspoke here.

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tiger April 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I guess about the same as a mortar round. More than 1lb.

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Musson April 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

You would wonder if they are too light to deploy in a cross wind.

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Richard April 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

So that would mean if a reaper, for example, can carry 14 hellfires then it would be able to carry 1400 of these? if there was a way of mounting that many of course…..

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majrod April 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hellfires are around 200lbs.

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FONZIE April 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Reminds me of the BAT. Something overly specialized. I doubt this sees the light of day.

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Sgt_Buffy April 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Too Cute! Little ScanEagle wants to be a Predator drone! Dawwwwww. (smiles fondly)

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rod April 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

cool… with the ability to track multiple targets at once, these would make a good counter to speed boat swarm tactics. At least until some Apache gunships with the M230LF arrive.r

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Belesari April 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Cutest bomb ever.

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tiger April 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Basically a 60mm mortar with wings? Not a bad idea. Yet another reason For the A-10 fan club to dispair. Few targets really require a Maverick or 30mm DU rounds to kill. Save those for tanks. These are more than enough to blow the bedroom of a Al quedia to bits or kills those guys with a MG in a pickup truck.

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majrod April 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

the A10 carries a heck of lot more ordnance than any drone or helicopter. It's also more responsive at times because it's talking to the guys on the ground directly. Army drones do also. Not always true for the USAF drones where instructions get relayed.

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tiger April 20, 2012 at 12:18 am

Not when we retire half in service.

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majrod April 21, 2012 at 4:22 am

The Air Force is trying to retire 30% of the fleet. Each aircraft still carries a larger load.

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Riceball April 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

For a drone weapon that would have little to no collateral damage why not mount a stabilized gun of some sort and turn the drone into what would essentially be a flying sniper? Maybe something in the .300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua Mag, or even up to .50 so you have a long range gun that's still relatively light.

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bbmg April 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Why bother with a gun system when you have gravity on your side? The US already fields the CBU-107 passive attack weapon that relies on dense streamlined darts, a throwback to the flechettes of WWI.

A simple guidance system on a heavy aerodynamic dart would have more than enough power to take out an individual after falling a couple thousand feed.

Since it's only being dropped, the guidance system doesn't have to be specially adapted to deal with acceleration either.

This saves you the stress of mounting a gun on a drone, together with the weight of the gun, ammunition propellant, aiming system etc.

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majrod April 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Guns on drones don't work. The 2 second time lapse spoils the aim.

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EJ257 April 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I can just picture it now. The drone operator sitting in an air conditioned trailer somewhere screaming at the top of his/her lungs “LAAAAGGG”

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jhm April 20, 2012 at 10:44 pm

and scream PING!!! ITS THE PING HAHAHA

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Lance April 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Cool looking mini bomb make me wonder how many a F-16 can carry that's alot of antipersonel bombs.

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Charlie April 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Awesome, i would like a few for the boys overseas to play around with and see how they can really be used, Who knows what sort of ideas these guys will come up with?

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majrod April 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

My Bad, I was bench pressing two at a time :)

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majrod April 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Are cluster bombs not effective enough?

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chockblock April 20, 2012 at 3:21 am

Agreed. Small drones could be used to take out a SAM site in a populated area (like Saddam was famous for using). Or finally close air support that can take out the enemy without blowing up the friendlies. No more DANGER CLOSE.

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FormerDirtDart April 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

Or, drop it on a vehicle in traffic. Would improve the ability to engage targets of opportunity.

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blight_ April 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

We probably killed more in sanctions against Iraq indirectly, followed by Iraqi-on-Iraqi sectarian combat, or foreign Muslims on Iraq civilians. Of American-on-locals, it is divided into killed locals out of malice, killed bystanders when someone in the crowd shoots or attacks and self-defense shootings against catchall insurgents.

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TMB April 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

"We probably killed more in sanctions against Iraq indirectly"

Sorry Blight, but I refuse to take responsibility for Iraqis who died from sanctions against that country. Those giant palaces that we bombed and/or turned into US bases during the war? Every one of them were built during the 1990s when Saddam was supposed to be taking care of his people with his oil money.

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blight_ April 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Which illustrates the whole point of the sanction farce. Either depose him or not. Cheney said it wasn't worth it in '90 because it would've fractured the coalition, so instead we kept him behind an Iron Curtain and pretended we were containing him from the free world.

Cuba is still ambling along even with a half-century of sanctions from the US. So is North Korea. You pick a different way to hurt a regime, since starving the civilians clearly isn't up to the task.

That said, treating them like Pakistan might be an option…

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