Airbus expects in the next decade to field aerial targets - drones in the literal sense - that perform similarly to fifth-generation aircraft, although a real challenge may be finding test ranges to accommodate these targets.
Reto Schniedermeier, head of Airbus sales services for target systems and services in Friedrichshafen, Germany, told Jane's that the company is developing a technology that in 10 years will be able to mimic fifth-generation aircraft behaviour.
According to Schniedermeier, performance specifications are not the main problem, considering that Airbus already covers altitude above flight level 300. Also the company has been working to develop larger payloads and simulate specific radar signature, in order to address future performance specification requirements.
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