BAE Unveils Stealthy Combat Drone Test-Bed

BAE Systems is showing off a prototype stealthy, unmanned combat air-vehicle (UCAV) named "Taranis," after the Celtic god of thunder. The drone test-bed is scheduled to begin flight tests some time next year. Details on range, speed, weapons load-out, actual low-observableness, etc. are a bit sketchy. Although, a BAE rep told reporters it took a million-man hours and cost $215 million (if my online currency conversion tool is working right) to build, so I guess that's something.

-- Greg Grant

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