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BAE Systems flies PHASA-35 solar-powered HALE UAV

17 February 2020
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It was announced on 17 February that the BAE Systems PHASA-35 UAV had made its maiden flight. Source: BAE Systems

BAE Systems has flown the PHASA-35 solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can remain aloft for up to a year, the company announced on 17 February.

The company said that the successful flight trials took place at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Woomera Test Range in South Australia, although it did not note the duration of this milestone.

The achievement came about 20 months after BAE Systems revealed the Persistent High-Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA) concept it was developing in partnership with UK company, Prismatic, which it later acquired. As well as the PHASA-35, Prismatic has also been involved in the development of the Airbus Zephyr HALE UAV.

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