VIdeo: ATK’s Hatchet

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
Click through the jump to watch the video.
  • Musson

    Next up – Laser guided Estes Rockets!

  • Pat

    Sounds good to me!

  • bobbymike

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

  • miles

    The peace nicks will love this.

    • peacenik

      Anything that targets urban pollution…

    • Anonymous

      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.

      • Belesari

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

      • tiger

        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.

        • Musson

          We are not the Taliban or Hamas.

        • Anonymous

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

    • miles

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

  • Rohan

    Hmmmm nice………sounds interesting !!!

  • dave

    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.

    • tiger

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

      • Musson

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

    • Richard

      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…..

    • majrod

      Hellfires are around 200lbs.


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

  • Sgt_Buffy

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

  • rod

    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

  • Belesari

    Cutest bomb ever.

  • tiger

    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.

    • majrod

      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.

  • Riceball

    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.

  • Lance

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

  • Charlie

    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?