The Americans caught the UAV in the air

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a video showing the successful catching of the X-61A UAV in the air using a specially equipped C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft.

In the presented footage, the Americans showed how the next stage of flight tests took place as part of the Gremlin Air Vehicles (GAV) project, which provides for the creation of small drones capable of operating both independently and in a group. They will be able to exchange data and perform different tasks.

UAV X-61A is being developed by Dynetics. The drone carriers should be B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer bombers and C-130 Hercules / Super Hercules military transport aircraft, as well as promising models of aircraft of the US Air Force. It is planned to launch UAVs with speeds up to Mach 0,8 at an altitude of over 12 thousand meters. The duration of the drone's flight will be 1-3 hours, and the range will be from 555 to 956 km.

After completing the mission, the drones must return to the carrier plane, which will pick them up in the air with a special manipulator. If necessary, UAVs will be able to land on the ground using a parachute system. Previous attempts to catch the drone in the air were unsuccessful, and the company had to refine the design of the manipulator.
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  1. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
    Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 7 November 2021 15: 07
    Cool and unusual! There is something in this!
  2. smersh chek Offline smersh chek
    smersh chek (smersh chek) 7 November 2021 16: 07
    that is, ross mig31 (su35) it is enough to shoot down one Hercules (at a distance of 400 km) to destroy several dozen UAVs
  3. Face Offline Face
    Face (Alexander Lik) 7 November 2021 18: 36
    Another cut of the budget.
  4. Abakan Offline Abakan
    Abakan 8 November 2021 03: 42
    as some say "There are no analogues"
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