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XQ-58 Valkyrie - 8/14/2019 2:37:00 AM   
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The XQ-58 Valkyrie falls within the USAF Research Laboratory’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) portfolio, which objectives include designing and building Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) faster by developing better design tools, and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost.[1] The role of the LCAAT is to escort the F-22 or F-35 during combat missions, and to be able to deploy weapons or surveillance systems.[2][3]

The XQ-58 was designed to act as a 'loyal wingman' that is controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish tasks such as scouting, or absorb enemy fire if attacked. [4]

It must also be able to be deployed as part of a swarm of drones, with or without direct pilot control.

It features stealth technology with a trapezoidal fuselage with a chined edge, V-tail, and an S-shaped air intake.[3]

The first flight took place approximately 2.5 years from contract award. A total of five test flights are planned in two phases to evaluate system functionality, aerodynamic performance, and launch and recovery systems.[1]





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RE: XQ-58 Valkyrie - 8/14/2019 4:34:49 PM   
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RE: XQ-58 Valkyrie - 8/14/2019 4:45:17 PM   
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Won't be too long before manned aircraft are a thing of the past for air forces with advanced technology.

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RE: XQ-58 Valkyrie - 8/14/2019 4:46:48 PM   
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Won't be too long before manned aircraft are a thing of the past for air forces with advanced technology.

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And THIS is what they are willing to tell us about. god knows what ELSE they have that we don't know about.

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RE: XQ-58 Valkyrie - 8/14/2019 4:48:39 PM   
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Larry, I'm old school. I distrust the concept of warfare by robots. Warfare by people is bad enough.

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RE: XQ-58 Valkyrie - 8/14/2019 4:52:21 PM   
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Larry, I'm old school. I distrust the concept of warfare by robots. Warfare by people is bad enough.

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The worst part of leaving the killing to the robots is that they tend to break and when they do sometimes they adopt a "kill 'em all and let god sort 'em out..." policy. I'm told that the early models of the Reaper had a kill switch in case it went wobbly. I seriously doubt that the latest models do.

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RE: XQ-58 Valkyrie - 8/14/2019 5:14:15 PM   
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Skynet.

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RE: XQ-58 Valkyrie - 8/14/2019 6:55:22 PM   
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Soon(tm)

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