Air Platforms

US Air Force schedules first flight of attritable XQ-58A UAV for this fall

10 July 2018

Key Points

  • The US Air Force plans a first flight for this fall of its XQ-58A attritable UAV
  • The idea of attritable is affordable but not to the point of so cheap where it is expendable

The US Air Force (USAF) will fly this fall for the first time the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie, an ‘attritable’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that the service can afford to lose, but is not expendable, as they are expected to survive some missions.

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) chief Major General William Cooley said on 10 July the idea of the XQ-58A is making a capable combat-type aircraft for very low cost using modern manufacturing techniques.

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