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DSEI 2019: BAE Systems builds PHASA-35 solar-powered HALE UAVs, agrees to buy partner company

10 September 2019
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BAE Systems has built two PHASA-35 solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can remain aloft for up to a year, the company announced on 10 September.

The disclosure at the DSEI exhibition in London came about 15 months after the company revealed the Persistent High-Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA) concept it was developing in partnership with UK company, Prismatic. The 150 kg PHASA-35, which has a 35 m wingspan, will begin flight trials in late 2019/early 2020.An artist's impression of the PHASA-35 high-altitude long-endurance UAV, which BAE Systems said will be able to stay airborne for up to a year. (BAE Systems)An artist's impression of the PHASA-35 high-altitude long-endurance UAV, which BAE Systems said will be able to stay airborne for up to a year. (BAE Systems)

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