The US Air Force’s top-secret unmanned Arial vehicle has successfully completed its first test flight.
The XQ58-A Valkyrie represents a new era of UAVs called ‘Loyal Wingman’
These aircraft are not only limited to previous generation’s capabilities such as recognisance and air-to-ground strikes [explosion] The ‘Loyal Wingman’ drones are designed to accompany a piloted jet into combat
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This allows pilots to use the drone to safely scout enemy positions, carry larger payloads or even absorb incoming fire fire.
The Valkyrie also is kitted out with a jet engine, unlike it’s propeller-powered predecessor: the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper. This means the Valkyrie can fly at an astonishing 625 mph (1,059 kph); with a maximum range estimated at nearly two and a half thousand miles – double the distance of the mq-9
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