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XQ-58A could carry 4 SDBs or at least two Peregrine-sized AAM internally.

"... Speaking hypothetically about future capabilities, Fendley also says the recently unveiled Raytheon Peregrine, a half-sized, medium-range, air-to-air missile, could be carried in the XQ-58A’s weapons bay. The Lockheed Martin Cuda might be another air-to-air missile candidate, he says.

The UAV’s weapons bay is sized to carry four small diameter bombs, but could fit at least two Peregrine-sized air-to-air missiles, says Fendley. Adding air-to-air missiles to the XQ-58A would help fulfill one of its envisioned roles as an escort wingman for manned aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II or Boeing Super Hornet F/A-18E/F. ..."

 

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XQ-58A could carry 4 SDBs or at least two Peregrine-sized AAM internally.

"... Speaking hypothetically about future capabilities, Fendley also says the recently unveiled Raytheon Peregrine, a half-sized, medium-range, air-to-air missile, could be carried in the XQ-58A’s weapons bay. The Lockheed Martin Cuda might be another air-to-air missile candidate, he says.

The UAV’s weapons bay is sized to carry four small diameter bombs, but could fit at least two Peregrine-sized air-to-air missiles, says Fendley. Adding air-to-air missiles to the XQ-58A would help fulfill one of its envisioned roles as an escort wingman for manned aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II or Boeing Super Hornet F/A-18E/F. ..."

Really, small-sized weapon(SDB, or CUDA class weapon) make some help for cost reduction of war
 

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The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned air vehicle (UAV) was damaged during landing after completing its third flight on 9 October in Yuma, Arizona.
 

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Kratos Defense & Security could experience delays in some of its production programmes if the US Congress cannot reach a budget agreement for fiscal year 2020, (FY 2020) according to the US-based company.

Some programmes currently in low-rate production, including the US Navy’s Sub-Sonic Aerial Target (SSAT) and a “very profitable” classified unmanned systems effort, will not be able to move into full-rate production if lawmakers continue to keep the government funded with short-term measures, called continuing resolutions, instead of passing full-year legislation, said Eric DeMarco, Kratos’ president and CEO.

While DeMarco told analysts on 5 November that Kratos expects to receive its first “substantial” order for the US Air Force’s high-subsonic XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned aircraft about 90 days after an FY 2020 budget agreement becomes law, no such deal is in sight, even though the fiscal year began more than a month ago.


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As we reported on our last earnings call, Program F has successfully completed its initial under contract demonstration flight series, and additional contract demonstration flights for enhanced capabilities are now planned for the first half of 2019. Once all planned demonstration flights are successfully completed, we expect an initial Project F unit order late in 2019 or early the following year.

We can now also report to you that we expect Project Spartan, which has an extremely high-performance drone we have been working on, which is flying today to be under contract in Q2, Q3 of 2019 for initial demonstration flights.

We have also now begun initial discussions with the customer on what we internally and initially will call Project A and Project Z, with each of these UAS' also now flying today. Project A and Project Z are 2 new tactical system-related opportunities we have been working on for some time now. And we are expected to continue to make progress on each of these going forward, with hopes through an initial contract award late in 2019 or early the following year, also as related to the 2020 budget.

Additionally, and very importantly, we are close to executing a lease on another large, new drone manufacturing facility, which will require custom build-out over the next several months for security-related reasons related to a new tactical program we have recently been successful on, Program [Fanatose], which is expected to have a material financial impact to Kratos beginning in 2020. Due to the restricted nature of this new Kratos program, we are unable to provide any further details at this time.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/edited-transcript-ktos-earnings-conference-042512563.html
 
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AFRL XQ-58A Valkyrie expands flight envelope in fourth test
By Holly Jordan, AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate / Published January 24, 2020

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory, along with partner Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., completed the successful fourth flight test of the XQ-58A Valkyrie low-cost unmanned air vehicle demonstrator Jan. 23, 2020, at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.

During the test event, the Valkyrie demonstrator’s flight successfully met all of the test objectives, and the envelope was expanded beyond prior tests before safely landing in the Arizona dessert. According to AFRL XQ-58A Program Manager Michael Wipperman, flying at higher altitude allowed researchers to gather data in an operational environment more representative of real-world flight conditions.

“Flying at this altitude helped us gather important data such as vehicle response to temperature and vibration, which will prepare us as we move toward our next flight test,” said Wipperman.

This test event represents a return-to-flight for the XQ-58A, which experienced a mishap upon landing after a successful 90-minute flight in October 2019. Following a Safety Investigation Board probe into the mishap, Wipperman says the resulting information was outbriefed to the convening authority, and the recommendations were taken and approved to ensure the success of this latest test.

“We’re very pleased with the outcome of this fourth flight test,” said Wipperman.” We were able to show recovery for a successful flight at even higher altitudes. Given that we have overcome these challenges, we have confidence that the aircraft can continue its progression into flying in more representative conditions.”

Developed as part of AFRL’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology portfolio, the XQ-58A is designed to be a runway-independent, reusable unmanned air vehicle capable of a broad range of operational missions. The XQ-58A was developed through low cost procurement and is designed to be significantly less expensive to operate than traditional piloted or unpiloted vehicles, while capable of achieving the same critical missions. Taking only 2.5 years from contract award to first flight, it is the first example of a class of unmanned air vehicles developed through this time-saving process, which seeks to break the escalating cost trajectory of tactically relevant aircraft.

A total of five flights are planned for the XQ-58A, with objectives that include evaluating system functionality, aerodynamic performance, and launch and recovery systems. The fifth flight, scheduled for later this year, will be a capability demonstration showcasing the ability of the vehicle to support operational needs.

 

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XQ-58A can be launched from the air platform.
thanks for catching that...but what platform, and in particular fighters, can carry something like that aloft? o_O
 

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XQ-58A can be launched from the air platform.
thanks for catching that...but what platform, and in particular fighters, can carry something like that aloft? o_O
I remember reading somewhere about a pylon mounted drone that could be released to defend AWACS/ Tankers. I cant for the life of me remember where now... it would seem to be an option just an escort that you carry with you type deal. Though that would decrease loiter or payload as a tradeoff opposed to a separate escort.
 
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