Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mantis UAV Shipped Back to UK After Flight-Test in Australia

BAE Systems' Mantis unmanned air vehicle technology demonstrator has been shipped back to the UK, after completing a successful first flight-test campaign in Australia.The twin turboprop-powered aircraft made an undisclosed number of flights from the Woomera test range in South Australia. BAE says a production version of Mantis would be able to fly at altitudes up to 50,000ft and deliver an endurance of over 36h. The design is a potential candidate for the UK Ministry of Defence's Scavenger requirement, which seeks a persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capability to enter use from around 2015 to 2018.
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