BaE unveil £142million UAV

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  1. Don't think anyone will be getting this to play with at that price!

    It may look like the stuff of science fiction but this unmanned jet could be the combat craft of the future. Skip related content
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    Named Taranis, after the Celtic god of thunder, the £142.5 million prototype has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence.

    Dubbed the "pinnacle" of British engineering and aeronautical design, it is the size of a light aircraft and has been equipped with advanced stealth technology making it virtually undetectable.

    Almost invisible to ground radar, it is designed to travel at high jet speeds and cover massive distances between continents.

    The plane is built to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on enemy territory using onboard sensors.

    And it has been designed to carry a cache of weapons - including bombs and missiles - giving it a potential long-range strike capability. It can be controlled from anywhere in the world with satellite communications.

    Experts say the cutting-edge design is at the forefront of world technology and as advanced as any US development.

    Gerald Howarth, minister for international security strategy, said: "Taranis is a truly trailblazing project.

    "The first of its kind in the UK, it reflects the best of our nation's advanced design and technology skills and is a leading programme on the global stage."

    The jet was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire. Flight trials are due to start next year.

  2. Trans-sane

    Trans-sane LE Book Reviewer

    Got a link to the story?
  3. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    TBH that's pretty cheap so far for a development program, the Yank's Boeing X-45 has cost around a Billion $s.

    BBC News - MoD lifts lid on unmanned combat plane prototype

    Warning sounded over British dogfighting drone - tech - 12 July 2010 - New Scientist

    Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) Demonstrator - Air Force Technology

    Here ya go Trans
  4. This is a generation beyond the X-45, fully autonomous operation is the holy grail - We've cracked it, the Yanks haven't.
    It's also intended to be able to self defend itself against aircraft, a huge leap forward if we've pulled this off. UCAV's are very vulnerable as is to fighters, but this thing may be a real game changer.

    The other VERY important fact about Taranis is it's 100% British tech so we can sell the thing abroad unlike much of our kit that need the approval of the Yanks because it has some US content.