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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Maiden Flight: 10 August 2013
Total Production: ?
Development Cost: GBP£124 million   (USD$153 million)
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: BAE Systems*, GE Aviation Systems, QinetiQ and Rolls-Royce   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Taranis
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Maiden Flight: 10 August 2013
Total Production: ?
Development Cost: GBP£124 million   (USD$153 million)
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Description: The Taranis is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator sponsored by the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MoD) as part of Strategic Unmanned Air Vehicle (Experiment) (SUAV(E)) program . The Taranis industry team is being led by BAE Systems and comprises: QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce and the systems division of GE Aviation (formally Smiths Aerospace). The Taranis concept builds on BAE Systems-funded Raven program and many other technologies from UK MoD programs.

In December 2006, the UK MoD awarded BAE Systems a £124 million contract to provide the Royal Air Force (RAF) with the Taranis demonstrator. Ground testing is scheduled to begin in early 2009. The first demonstrator aircraft is expected to take to the air in 2010. By 2011, the UK MoD and the RAF will have enough information to proceed with the Deep and Persistent Offensive Capability (DPOC) which would deliver a future unmanned combat air vehicle.

Basically, Taranis is a delta-wing aircraft with an stealthy airframe. It features a sophisticated control system that will allow to autonomously taxi, takeoff and navigate through the target/search area while reacting to any threats or other theater events. Its sensor package will provide real time imagery to the remote control operator to confirm to engage a target of opportunity or a pre-programmed target. Once the mission has been accomplished, the Taranis will find its way back home, landing and taxing autonomously.

Taranis Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Length: 39 foot (11.9 meter)
Wingspan: 33 foot (10.1 meter)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 6,500 pound (2,948 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Taranis News

There are 11 news between
7 Dec 2006 and 5 Nov 2014
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014France and the UK to Field Future Combat Aircraft System by 2030
Wednesday, February 5, 2014Taranis Completes First Flight Trials Surpassing All Expectations
Tuesday, December 20, 2011UK MoD Launches Future Combat Air System Contract
Monday, July 12, 2010UK MoD Unveils Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Demonstrator
Wednesday, June 11, 2008BAE Systems Unveils Fury Unmanned Ground Attack Air Vehicle
Tuesday, February 19, 2008Assembly Starts of Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle
Monday, October 15, 2007Taranis on Track for First Flight in 2010
Monday, September 24, 2007BAE Systems Begins Assembly of First TARANIS Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Demonstrator
Monday, June 18, 2007UK Taranis UAV Passes First Major Milestone
Tuesday, April 3, 2007RAF Demonstrates Technology Breakthrough by Remotely Flying a Pilotless Passenger Jet

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