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Published on May 13, 2012

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Autonomous UAV/UCAV

BAE Systems Military Air & Information

First flight
10 August 2013

Primary user
United Kingdom

Program cost
£185 million (first prototype)[1]

The BAE Systems Taranis (also nicknamed Raptor) is a British demonstrator programme for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology, under development primarily by the defence contractor BAE Systems Military Air & Information. The aircraft, which is named after the Celtic god of thunder Taranis, first flew in 2013.[2][3] A semi-autonomous unmanned warplane, the Taranis is designed to fly intercontinental missions, and will carry a variety of weapons, enabling it to attack both aerial and ground targets. It will utilise stealth technology, giving it a low radar profile, and it will be controllable via satellite link from anywhere on Earth.[4][5] An operational derivative of the Taranis is expected to enter military service some time after 2030.[1]


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