The US Air Force has entered into a $ 40 million contract with defense company for develop the first autonomous fighter-bomber, the first drone,which displays the drone war a new level.
The company, which is developing a new technology called Kratos Defense. The contract stated,that the future the drone must be able to maneuver at extremely low altitude, to carry out high-altitude cruising flight, be able to actively defend themselves as well as to suppress and destroy the enemy’s defense.
Drone must exceed a speed of 1100 km / h, the travel distances up to 3000 km and carry at least two GBU-39 bombs. It will also have an increased maneuverability to evade enemy missiles.
Modern drones mainly serve as reconnaissance and surveillance, as well as carry out pinpoint strikes. They are quite slow and quite maneuverable, but it can fly for long distances and long stay in the air. The new UAV is to these features add more speed, maneuverability and the ability to shoot down enemy aircraft, both manned and unmanned. That is, the new model will something cheap, unmanned F-16.
There is another interesting detail. Drones from Kratos Defense should not depend on airfields. They can soar from a rail mounted on trucks or ships, and sit down, planning on a parachute.
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