Taranis: A New Breed of Stealth UACV
It can fly faster than the speed of sound, cannot be detected by radar and has no pilot.
Looking like something out of a SciFi movie head on, BAE unveiled it's stealth weapon a year or two ago. Now it's ready for testing in the Aussie outback, away from prying eyes...
The drone, which is named Taranis (Celtic Thunder God - i.e Norse Thor) , has been designed to fly intercontinental missions to attack targets and can automatically dodge incoming missiles.
The aircraft, which has cost £125 million to build, is intended to be the first of a new generation of planes that will reduce the need to risk human lives on long, dangerous missions.
It is to be flown for the first time in a series of tests over the Australian outback in the spring in an attempt to demonstrate the technology to military chiefs.
Currently the Royal Air Force uses Tornado GR4 bombers as its front line strike aircraft, although the Typhoon Eurofighter is expected to replace it in the coming years.
- Thrust: 6,500lbs
- Max speed: Classified but supersonic
- Length: 37ft
- Wingspan: 32ft
- Max Altitude: Classified
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