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£142.5m combat aircraft unveiled

Steve
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£142.5m combat aircraft unveiled

£142.5m combat aircraft unveiled
It may look like the stuff of science fiction but this unmanned jet could be the combat craft of the future.
Named Taranis, after the Celtic god of thunder, the £142.5 million prototype has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence.
Dubbed the "pinnacle" of British engineering and aeronautical design, it is the size of a light aircraft and has been equipped with advanced stealth technology making it virtually undetectable.
Almost invisible to ground radar, it is designed to travel at high jet speeds and cover massive distances between continents.
The plane is built to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on enemy territory using onboard sensors.
And it has been designed to carry a cache of weapons - including bombs and missiles - giving it a potential long-range strike capability. It can be controlled from anywhere in the world with satellite communications.
Experts say the cutting-edge design is at the forefront of world technology and as advanced as any US development.
Gerald Howarth, minister for international security strategy, said: "Taranis is a truly trailblazing project.
"The first of its kind in the UK, it reflects the best of our nation's advanced design and technology skills and is a leading programme on the global stage."
The jet was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire. Flight trials are due to start next year
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Thanks for the link Oldjim, Good read, This jet reminds me of the stealth F117, Love that jet.
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@Oldjim, the thing with Lewis Page on The Register is that he is anti-BAE and pro-American.  Whenever the UK Gov. orders anything from BAE, he'll go on a major rant about buying it from the US instead, why build a ship, you can buy 2 from the US for 1/2 the price!  Why by the Typhoon, you can buy 1000 planes from the US instead.
Out of interest, did you watch the documentary on BBC2, 7pm Sunday "how to build.." when they showed BAE building the new subs?  Totally amazing, and iirc they borrowed techniques from the Americans to allow them to build the sub vertically.