First flight footage of Britains supersonic Taranis combat UAV made public

2014-02-07

First flight footage of Britains supersonic Taranis combat UAV made public

The British Ministry of Defence has been working with BAE Systems to develop what they are claiming is the most advanced aircraft ever built by British engineers. They may have a point. The unmanned combat aircraft vehicle you see above is capable of supersonic flight and is undetectable by radar.

Called Taranis, the drone has been undergoing a number of test flights of anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour at the Woomera test range in Southern Australia.

Taranis completed a close to perfect take off and landing as well as a number of flight maneuvers. This video was actually recorded back in August last year but only made public this week, so the drone must have advanced significantly in its functionality over the 5 months since then.

In a lot of ways Taranis could turn out to be a major boost for British companies. It costs $336 million to develop, but that meant work for over 250 engineering companies, and has produced a combat UAV that many defense departments will want to place orders for, especially when you consider it carries both guided bombs and missiles, can be deployed anywhere and controlled by satellite, and is undetectable by radar.

Bob Fraser, commander for the first Taranis flight, commented that it was a pretty boring and routine experience. But that’s exactly what you want when youre controlling a $336 million unmanned aircraft traveling at Mach 1.


Region:  USA and Canada
Contry:  Great Britain
Category:  UAV
Company:  BAE Systems



UK BAE Systems UAV
Name:  Taranis   Region:  Europe    Country:  UK    Category:  UAV    Company:  BAE Systems   
Taranis

Use(s): Taranis is a UCAS advanced technology demonstrator. It aims to contribute to the understanding of strategic UCAS, through the demonstration of relevant technologies and their integration into a representative system. The project brings together UK industry (BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, the Systems division of GE Aviation and QinetiQ) and the MoD. It is jointly funded and will provide experimental evidence on potential capabilities and help inform decisions on the future mix of manned and unmanned fast jet aircraft. It will also explore and demonstrate how emerging technologies and systems can deliver battle-winning capabilities for the UK armed forces incorporating both an autonomous and survivable UAV concept design Manufacturer: BAE Systems Status: work is continuing towards first flight after completion of initial ground trials in 2011



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