A company has been selected in the USA to create a new type of drone, LongShot.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), responsible for developing new technologies for use by the armed forces, selected the company to create the LongShot unmanned system. This is about drone, which will be transported by manned combat aircraft.
According to some experts, the LongShot program is one of a series of attempts to maintain the superiority of the American military aviation over potential adversaries - China and Russia. LongShot drones will allow you to quickly develop air superiority over a selected area, the developers believe. These drones will be carried by fighter aircraft on an external hardpoint or in the bays of bombers. Once launched, such a lightweight and hard-to-reach aircraft will move towards the enemy and attack them with air-to-air missiles such as the AIM-120 and the like.
This is another idea to hit an enemy without endangering the manned aircraft or revealing its position during the attack, experts say. However, if the carrier aircraft is hit before releasing the drone, two assets will be lost at once.
The advantage of the LongShot program is that it does not require the creation of long-range UAVs launched by ground or surface means.
After much hesitation, DARPA chose General Atomics to implement the LongShot program. The company is expected to begin flight tests of the drone as early as December this year. So far, the specific characteristics of the new UAV have not been disclosed.
- Official DARPA website
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