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The Pentagon confirms the loss of the first flight prototype of the 5GAT air target

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The Pentagon confirms the loss of the first flight prototype of the 5GAT air target

The Pentagon has confirmed the loss of the first flight prototype of a promising 5GAT (5th Generation Aerial Target) air target simulating fifth-generation aircraft. The 5GAT drone crashed during its maiden flight, Jane's reports, citing a report from the Pentagon's Office of Operational Test and Evaluation.


The details of the incident were not disclosed, it is known that the incident occurred back in October 2020, when the first flight tests of the unmanned target began. According to the terms of the contract, the American company Sierra Technical Services, developing the target, had to assemble only two 5GAT prototypes. Thus, one of them was lost at the end of October last year.

In late September 2020, Sierra Technical Services conducted ground tests of an aerial target at the US Army Michael Proving Grounds in Utah. During ground tests, the operation of all onboard 5GAT systems was checked, after which the drone completed 24 runs around the airfield, including nine at a speed close to the takeoff speed. After that, the company planned to start flight tests. At what stage the developers are now are not reported.

The 5GAT aerial target is designed as a twin-engine aircraft with jet propulsion systems. The aircraft received a diamond-shaped wing in plan and two keels deflected to the sides. The target airframe is 95 percent made of composite materials. Length - 12,2 meters, wingspan - 7,3 meters. Max. takeoff weight - 4,4 tons. Max. flight altitude - 13,7 thousand meters, speed - up to 0,95 Mach numbers. The flight duration is 1,5 hours.

The US Air Force plans to use 5GAT to train fighter pilots and air defense crews.
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  1. Tusv
    Tusv 21 January 2021 16: 00
    +4
    On the rights of advertising (sorry denyuzhku will not be brought in). This is not milk bully No target and no miss
  2. mark1
    mark1 21 January 2021 16: 02
    0
    That's why she is the target ...
  3. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 21 January 2021 16: 05
    +1
    She fell and crashed. And that's all)))
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  5. Ros 56
    Ros 56 21 January 2021 16: 10
    0
    This is not the first loss and hopefully not the last.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 21 January 2021 16: 15
      -3
      They also hope that this is not the first loss, the target is still laughing
    2. Pereira
      Pereira 21 January 2021 18: 12
      0
      Of course. It's a target. Everyone will be shot down.
  6. rudckowskyv
    rudckowskyv 21 January 2021 16: 15
    -4
    The Pentagon confirms the loss of the first flight prototype of the 5GAT air target

    but successfully tested the MQ-9A Block V Reaper drone with a set for setting hydroacoustic buoys

    https://warspot.ru/18815-bespilotniki-nauchilis-ohotitsya-za-submarinami
  7. Eldorado
    Eldorado 21 January 2021 16: 20
    +1
    Something the target on the Su-57 looks like ...
    1. Tusv
      Tusv 21 January 2021 16: 28
      0
      Quote: El Dorado
      Something the target on the Su-57 looks like ...

      Well, if with crooked handles, but made of plywood, one to one with the "Criminal" (So in the west they call the Su-57). Can't tell. Of course banter. hi
    2. Alexey Sommer
      Alexey Sommer 21 January 2021 16: 53
      +1
      Quote: El Dorado
      Something the target on the Su-57 looks like ...

      For example? hi
      1. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 21 January 2021 17: 39
        0
        Quote: Alexey Sommer
        For example?

        That the same has 2 engines winked
        But seriously, why target the 2nd engine? For an airplane, I understand reliability. And at the target, the price of this device should come to the fore, and 2 engines are more expensive than a single-engine version.
        1. Alexey Sommer
          Alexey Sommer 21 January 2021 18: 01
          -1
          two engines and the J-20
          I think this is just an average model of a modern enemy aircraft.
          There are J-20 and Su-57 and SU-27 in all modifications.
        2. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 21 January 2021 22: 16
          -3
          We took a ready-made scheme from the F-5. They did not redo it.
    3. venik
      venik 21 January 2021 16: 57
      0
      Quote: El Dorado
      Something the target on the Su-57 looks like ...

      ========
      WHY do you think she them still need? Well, not for training as to defeat the F-35!
  8. Masha
    Masha 21 January 2021 16: 26
    +3
    A new one will be printed ... business, the machine is working ...
    1. Vadim_888
      Vadim_888 21 January 2021 16: 36
      +1
      Take above - 3D printer
      1. Masha
        Masha 21 January 2021 16: 42
        +3
        Well yes... recourse
        What progress has come to
        He rose to heaven ... wink
    2. Tusv
      Tusv 21 January 2021 16: 47
      +2
      Quote: Masha
      A new one will be printed ... business, the machine is working ...

      A year ago, an ideal fifth-generation target was shown here, only the Yankees decided to enroll it in drones. The machine probably broke down bully Just a joke
  9. podpolishik
    podpolishik 21 January 2021 16: 39
    0
    This target reminds me of something ... wink Here are the impudent people and do not even hide who is in their crosshairs
    1. Petro_tut
      Petro_tut 21 January 2021 16: 42
      0
      It is possible that the missiles will have an optical guidance channel coupled with artificial intelligence, so they are preparing contour targets request
    2. Tusv
      Tusv 21 January 2021 16: 54
      0
      Yeah. Chinese (j-20) and fashionable European (Rafale, Typhoon and Gripen). Main plywood - 100% composite bully
  10. faterdom
    faterdom 21 January 2021 16: 57
    0
    Oh my God! The 5th reptile fell!
  11. Vlad5307
    Vlad5307 21 January 2021 16: 59
    -1
    That's what the tests are for, so that the models beat and break - you cannot cook fried eggs without breaking an egg! hi
    1. Tusv
      Tusv 21 January 2021 17: 06
      0
      Not well. A target that has never been fired is not a target, but a souvenir. If I were in the place of American paramilitaries, I would be very offended for such a shnyaga
  12. Semenov
    Semenov 21 January 2021 19: 05
    +12
    Probably an expensive target - two engines ...
    1. Piramidon
      Piramidon 21 January 2021 23: 15
      0
      Quote: Semenov
      Probably an expensive target - two engines ...

      As an option, engines that have exhausted their resource can be installed, but workable.