Launched earlier this month at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Palmdale, California, the Model 437 stealth jet with a 3,000-mile range is a collaboration between Northrop Grumman and aircraft designer Scaled Composites in Mojave, California.
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Executives say unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be used for two autonomous aircraft technology programs—the US Air Force’s Skyborg and Britain’s Project Mosquito.
Skyborg will become a drone fighter with artificial intelligence (AI) or artificial intelligence to accompany manned stealth fighter jets into combat.
Contractors are competing for a $400 million delivery order for the prototype.
Project Mosquito is a loyal British wingman program that aims to fly fighter jets alongside the F-35 fighter jet, the Typhoon multirole fighter, and its future successor, the Tempest.
While there is no full-scale prototype for the Model 437 yet, executives are confident that the platform will become part of the next-generation family of drone systems.
“This is a solution for sharing a low-cost, attributable aircraft platform,” said Cory Bird, president of Scaled Composites. National Defense Magazine, Tuesday (28/9/2021).