Much of the details concerning Taranis remain classified, but we can
tell you that the drone is 41-feet long, boasts a 33-foot wingspan and
is the combined work of 250 corporate partners, which include such names
as Rolls-Royce and GE Aviation Systems. It is at once a spy plane and a
stealth attack drone, designed to be capable of striking enemy targets deep in hostile territory without being detected. It is capable of carrying out pre-programmed missions as well as take direction from a remote pilot.
Even the location of last August's test flight remains secret, with BAE Systems stating that it took place somewhere
outside the U.K. The Taranis is an impressive testament to the
technologies at work within modern military drones and a frightening
reminder of what might be lurking in the skies above us all. If, and
when, the time arrives that drones like these become ubiquitous parts of
militaries worldwide, we just might find ourselves startling at the hum
of every engine amongst the clouds.
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