Kelley Aerospace unveils the concept of the first supersonic unmanned combat aircraft «Arrow».
The developed model of the fighter has a one-piece streamlined body made of carbon fiber, which makes it sufficiently lightweight and at the same time durable. With a maximum mass of 16.8 tons, the UAV can fly with a torque of 2.6 kN ∙ m.
The company’s engineers declare that «Arrow» can be equipped with a set of different sensors and carry multiple weapons systems, so it will be able to perform a wide range of high-risk missions and coordinate with other drones to form a swarm.
Kelley Aerospace is also developing UAVs «Black Eagle», which will be able to carry a large payload.
With an estimated cost of one «Arrows» at $ 16 million, the company said it had received pre-orders for 100 units following a recent presentation. The current version of the fighter still requires the supervision of a qualified operator..
However, unmanned systems will soon be able to do without human instructions. For example, in December, Boeing conducted flight tests of a swarm of jet-powered UAVs, which independently determined ways of performing tasks, coordinated their actions and could ignore operator commands that violate the protocol.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Kelley Aerospace
The concept of the first supersonic unmanned fighter was developed