Last month I published a long and detailed post on Watchkeeper, towards the end I looked at the potential for arming it some time in the medium term future.
Low yield and precise weapons such as the Lightweight Multirole Missile would be ideal because not only is it fast and precise, it also has a low yield and warhead design that suits the likely target types.
Raytheon also have a dog in the ‘lightweight UAV bomb’ fight and have released a video of their Small Tactical Munition
The trend in air launched munitions has been to decrease weight and increase precision and accuracy in order to reduce off target effects and these just seem the logical extension of that trend.
What I find most interesting about these is the potential for changing future operations, imagine a swarm of small UAV’s armed with one each or a tactical aircraft with 30 or 40, persistent and pervasive close air support or almost instantaneous reaction to targets of opportunity (ROE permitting of course) offer a glimpse of an interesting future.