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XQ-58A Valkyrie with Attachments Named in the US

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Flight tests of the unmanned aerial vehicle XQ-58A Valkyrie with various attachments, including those located in the internal weapons compartment, are planned to be carried out in the first quarter of next year. Also during the tests, the drone communication systems will be checked. It is reported Flightglobal.


XQ-58A Valkyrie with Attachments Named in the US


Currently, the drone developer Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has assembled three XQ-58A samples, one of which has been donated to the US Air Force Research Laboratory. This unit, belonging to the military, has already completed two flights, which were recognized as successful. By the end of this year, it is planned to fly the second flight model of the unmanned wingman, and at the beginning of next year to test it with various attachments. Other details of the test program for the newest drone are not provided.

The development of the XQ-58A Valkyrie guided unmanned vehicle is underway by the US Air Force Research Laboratory with the participation of Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems. The goal of the project is the creation of relatively cheap reusable vehicles in production that can serve as a fighter, but whose losses during the war will not be financially sensitive.

Initially, it was assumed that an unmanned fighter aircraft capable of breaking through the Russian echeloned defense of air defense / missile defense (zone A58 / AD) would be created as part of the XQ-2A project, but this concept was later abandoned. The program is now developing a driven unmanned vehicle capable of working "in conjunction" with the fifth-generation fighter F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, as well as, possibly, with other aircraft.

There are almost no technical details about the project. All that is known: the length of the 9,1 meter meter, wing span - 8,2 meter. Flight altitude - 13,7 thousand meters. Presumably, the device is designed for a range of about two thousand miles (over three thousand kilometers). The weight of the combat load located in the internal compartment and on the external sling is up to 272 kg. Flight speed - transonic.
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  1. Fitter65
    Fitter65 19 September 2019 16: 40
    +1
    XQ-58A unmanned aerial vehicle flight tests Valkyrie
    I remember there was already a project with a similar name-XB-70 Valkyrie, the money was sawn not a little, but as soon as information about the MiG-25 leaked and that's it, Valkyrie No. 1 ended.
    for reference: The Valkyrie No. 1 completed its first flight on September 21, 1964. The OKB order to begin work on the creation of the MiG-25 aircraft (item 84, theme E-155) was issued on March 10, 1961. Factory tests of the prototype E-155R-1 machine began on March 6, 1964, and the E-155P-1 machine on September 9, 1964.And what do we have for Valkyrie No. 2, who knows?
    1. tol100v
      tol100v 19 September 2019 17: 50
      +4
      Quote: Fitter65
      And what do we have for Valkyrie No. 2, who knows?
      Reply

      First: subsonic speed! Load 272 kg! There is no better answer than our AN - 2! Carrying capacity of one and a half tons, stealth is almost "stealth", and you can fit a lot of smart weapons in!, 5 tons!
    2. dauria
      dauria 19 September 2019 18: 23
      +5
      we have for Valkyrie number 2, who knows?


      "Hunter" from Sukhoi. That's it guys. This future of front-line aviation has hatched from an egg. Radar on the leader in the "rear", and these devils are in passive mode with air-to-air missiles. Then the man will be completely removed to the pub at the barracks.
  2. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi 19 September 2019 16: 42
    +5
    It looks very slick. Frontal EPR should not be large. If you use the car in the most dangerous areas during an air attack, it will probably be a successful tandem.
    1. Thrifty
      Thrifty 19 September 2019 16: 55
      -2
      Aron, this is not a cruise missile, such a plane at subsonic speed would be a good target.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 19 September 2019 17: 04
        +10
        The company Kratos all the time and produced target aircraft for the Air Force.
        Therefore, I learned to make them cheap and won the tender.
        The task of such a slave drone is "reconnaissance in force".
        He does not have his own powerful radar - they are leading him. If he is knocked down, then the enemy complex is revealed. On the radar of the enemy kit, other driven drones will fire. This is the meaning of cheap shock drones.
        1. Thrifty
          Thrifty 19 September 2019 17: 07
          0
          Warrior, and you can’t imagine that they will knock him down from another drone, such as a barrage, or a long-range missile? Not everything that shoots down air targets is on the ground. ..
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 19 September 2019 17: 23
            +8
            It may be, but in any case, taking fire on himself, he will make it easier for his Air Force to navigate and properly build the battle.
            1. Thrifty
              Thrifty 19 September 2019 17: 33
              -1
              In fact, if someone flies at someone, if the opponent is not the so-called banana republic, repelling the attacker can have catastrophic consequences for them in the form of unacceptable damage. ..
              1. voyaka uh
                voyaka uh 19 September 2019 17: 34
                +5
                This is clear. So it was before these drones, so it will be after them.
              2. tol100v
                tol100v 19 September 2019 18: 02
                +1
                And they know about it!
                Quote: Thrifty
                can have catastrophic consequences for them in the form of unacceptable damage. ..
      2. Aaron Zawi
        Aaron Zawi 19 September 2019 21: 36
        0
        Quote: Thrifty
        Aron, this is not a cruise missile, such a plane at subsonic speed would be a good target.

        Depending on the EPR. At the same time, it can carry a radar and a VP missile. Thus, he can, after detecting an attack, in turn attack the point from which the missiles came out.