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These are the first images of UK’s classified unmanned stealth “superdrone”
The Aviationist ^ | Feb 05 2014 | David Cenciotti

Posted on 02/06/2014 12:52:33 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Although the footage was shot in August 2013, today BAE Systems released it for the first time.

“Taranis“, the technological demonstrator of UK’s stealthy unmanned combat vehicle made its first flight on Aug. 10, 2013. Where the maiden sortie took place remains a secret.

The aircraft flew at the old British Nuclear test range at Woomera, Australia.

The only thing we know is that the “superdrone” flew under the command of BAE Systems’ test pilot Bob Fraser and “made a perfect take off, rotation, ‘climb out’ and landing.”

Since then, a number of other test flights have taken place in much secrecy.

“Taranis” is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), described as “the most advanced aircraft ever built by British engineers”.

It’s a semi-autonomous pilotless system that will feature an intercontinental range and will be able to carry a wide variety of weapons, including PGMs (Precision Guided Munitions) and air-to-air missiles.

The Royal Air Force already operates a fleet of Reaper drones from RAF Waddington airbase.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aerospace; baesystems; drone; taranis

1 posted on 02/06/2014 12:52:34 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
I thought those were Italian.


2 posted on 02/06/2014 12:58:15 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
To add to the record,
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3 posted on 02/06/2014 12:58:38 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The appearance is similar to that of an X-47.


4 posted on 02/06/2014 12:58:55 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Bee Chen


5 posted on 02/06/2014 1:06:10 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: USMCPOP

A flying Calzone! Sounds like a name for a circus act!................


6 posted on 02/06/2014 1:06:27 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

7 posted on 02/06/2014 1:07:24 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Red Badger

Lol, Giovanni Belzoni,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Battista_Belzoni


8 posted on 02/06/2014 1:20:18 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

But it won`t be available during teatime.


9 posted on 02/06/2014 1:28:17 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

To call it “classified” is stretching things. We’ve know its name, its appearance, and, its general capabilities for years now.


10 posted on 02/06/2014 1:32:09 PM PST by FAA
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To: USMCPOP

Another ugly British airplane flies...


11 posted on 02/06/2014 1:40:26 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

This is truly world-beating, cutting edge all-british tech. No doubt it will therefore be cancelled at an advanced stage of development and off-the-shelf American kit purchased to “save money” (after billions of public cash has already been thrown at it)....


12 posted on 02/06/2014 1:46:58 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The aircraft flew at the old British Nuclear test range at Woomera, Australia.

The RAAF Woomera Test Range, in other words. RAAF standing for Royal Australian Air Force.

Sorry - pet hate to see such things described as British - as if we had nothing to do with it. It was called the Anglo-Australian Joint Project for a reason.

13 posted on 02/06/2014 1:50:54 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

Did the Aussies test nukes there as well then?


14 posted on 02/06/2014 1:52:22 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

The tests were joint British and Australian tests on a facility that both nations paid for. At the time they were being done, the plan was for us to develop our own nuclear arsenal as well. It didn’t happen in the end, but it was a joint project (some British officials didn’t like that, but as they needed the facility, they agreed).


15 posted on 02/06/2014 1:55:34 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

I always thought it would be the Cannucks who would have been the primary partners in developing a bomb with the Union Jack on it. They were heavily involved in the Manhattan project with us and the Americans...


16 posted on 02/06/2014 1:59:42 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Canada did partner more with the US, and actually maintained a small nuclear arsenal (which they don’t like to talk about now) between the 1960s and 1980s with US support (and a degree of US control).


17 posted on 02/06/2014 2:05:40 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I wonder if it leaks oil.


18 posted on 02/06/2014 2:36:06 PM PST by JusPasenThru (Posting here = IRS audit.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It has Lucas electrics so definitely the navigation lights go dark at night.


19 posted on 02/06/2014 2:39:19 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I’d rather have a Spitfire Mk.9


20 posted on 02/06/2014 3:05:15 PM PST by stboz
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To: lavaroise

Yes, as opposed to the vaunted Surrender Monkey Air “Fleet”.


21 posted on 02/06/2014 3:26:02 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: stboz


If I was going to fly something British, I'd take a Tardis.
22 posted on 02/06/2014 3:28:32 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Jewbacca
One never knows what rabbit hole one will fall into...


23 posted on 02/06/2014 7:00:37 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Antihero101607
"The appearance is similar to that of an X-47."

In that view, it does, indeed look similar to the X-47. However, since it lacks the extended wingtips of the X-47, in plan view, it seems to more closely resemble the B-2...

24 posted on 02/06/2014 7:07:25 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: naturalman1975
I am sorry, but take a look at my profile. Us Yanks were there, too!


25 posted on 02/06/2014 7:08:52 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Thanks for the post! It’s good to know that at least one FReeper is staying abreast of these sorts of things...


26 posted on 02/06/2014 7:10:36 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Thanks for the redirect to your profile. More FReepers with interesting profiles should drop a hint now and then.


27 posted on 02/06/2014 7:19:17 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: USMCPOP

"I smell calzones! Costanza!"
28 posted on 02/06/2014 7:28:47 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Alas Babylon!

You are, of course, correct - there were joint facilities with the US in the Woomera area as well - and Nurrangar is now part of the test range itself.


29 posted on 02/06/2014 8:45:23 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

I loved my time in Woomera. Memories I will always cherish. Even now I can hear the drunken “caw” of the outback crows, the noisy squawks of flying galahs, feel the heat again, the vastness of the bush...

But my best memories are the people! Aussies are truly God’s children. Maybe it’s just the bunch beyond the black stump, or South Australians, but I always felt right at home.

The only thing that sucked was the Nurrangar schedule. We worked 4 swings (evenings), 4 mids, and 4 day shifts and then got 3 days off. So at the last swing we’d generally go to someone’s house in Woomera village and drink until dawn, then the last mid we’d go to Spud’s roadhouse in Pimba and drink from 7:30 until 3: pm. Others would have a party after the last day shift but NOT me. I be on the Suart Highway to Adelaide to go visit the shielas! (and tour the other attractions)


30 posted on 02/07/2014 3:51:32 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Red Badger

“A flying Calzone! Sounds like a name for a circus act!................”

I think they lived nearby when I lived in New Jersey.


31 posted on 02/07/2014 11:41:08 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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