first published on March 8, 2019 by Will
The US Air Force has released video of the XQ-58A Valkyrie long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle, making its inaugural flight on March 5, 2019 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona.
The Air Force Research Laboratory developed the XQ-58A in partnership with Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems. The Valkyrie can fly at supersonic speeds, allowing it to fill the role of wingman for manned F-16 and F-35 combat missions.
The aircraft is still in an experimental phase, and the Pentagon has yet to fully commit to the unmanned wingman idea. However, multiple defense tech firms, including Boeing, are developing their own prototypes to fill the role. So it is likely that the “loyal wingman” concept has a solid future in combat aviation.
The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator, a long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle, completed its inaugural flight March 5, 2019 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona. The Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems to develop the XQ-58A. pic.twitter.com/qLXgfYlujQ
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