In the US tested an unmanned fighter Valkyrie

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In the US tested an unmanned fighter Valkyrie

In late February revealed details of the drone , which is designed to support manned aircraft. He will be ready for its first flight only in 2020, while the same drone "Valkyrie XQ58-A" from the USAF and Kratos company has already passed its first test. It is also designed to fly near manned fighter aircraft, but the test he was alone.

"Valkyrie" is positioned as a relatively cheap platform that is able to disrupt enemy electronic equipment exposed to attack opponents, to scout the area and in particularly dangerous moments to take the brunt of it to protect expensive piloted vehicles. The drone can fly alone or in a group where one of the pilots will be able to control it with the remote control. For take-off can be used as a runway and booster, and the payload may consist of several bombs.

The First flight was conducted on a proving ground, Yuma, Arizona. Representatives of the air force claim that during the whole 76-minute flight, he "behaved as expected". Ahead of four more drone test flight, during which it will become clear how well its management and does he have any problems during takeoff, flight and landing.

Unlike similar devices, the F-16 Fighting Falcon speeds over 2000 km/h in "die walküre" at speeds of 1,000 km/h. as the drone can take the hit to save piloted vehicles worth more than $ 100 million, the developers cut its price — that it does not exceed 2-3 million dollars.

It is Noteworthy that such devices-suicide bombers planned to create not only in aircraft but also in terrestrial and underwater. For example, unmanned submarines can gather intelligence and neutralize mines.

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