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Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA

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Anduril “The Flame of the West” company

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Anduril “The Flame of the West” company

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Last guy to name his company out of Tolkien was Peter Thiel with Palantir. I'm not sure JRR would approve of this trend, especially as he's on record as saying LoTR is not an anti-communist parable.
 

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Good luck to him. Low kinetics kill hasn't the sexiness of H2K or the coolness of direct energy (!) to raise much attention on the market.
 
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You'd better deliver some cardiac defibrillators as well. Imagine that during dark hours!
 

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The service’s fiscal year 2021 budget request includes numerous initiatives in the research, development, test and evaluation accounts for new drone technologies and manned-unmanned teaming, including low-cost, attritable systems. For 2021, it asked for $158 million for its high priority Vanguard efforts to develop next-generation systems, plus an additional $206 across the future years defense program. The Vanguard initiative includes a project called Skyborg.


“The first iteration of Skyborg will integrate artificial intelligence into autonomous unmanned air vehicles to enable future manned-unmanned teaming,” budget documents said.
 

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2 Reapers for the Marines:
 

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2 Reapers for the Marines:
Just in time for everyone else to start moving away from Reaper. Just like the Marine Corps.
 

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The current management does seem to be rather disorganised at best.
 

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2 Reapers for the Marines:
Just in time for everyone else to start moving away from Reaper. Just like the Marine Corps.
Seems they are on discount :p
 

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Perhaps they do not request all the equipment as seen in other services?
 

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Reaper, stronger Male : up to 24 Reapers* for France until Euro Male show they are up to the task and within cost expectations announced MoD Mme Parly (in Fr):

« Nous considérons, les quatre pays réunis, que nous ne pouvons pas accepter qu’un drone soit plus cher que ce que nous pourrions trouver sur le marché et soit moins opérationnel car ne disposant pas de l’ensemble des capacités dont nous souhaitons disposer » et « nous arrivons maintenant à un moment où il faudra trancher.
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"We consider, the four [participating] countries together, that we cannot accept that a drone be more expensive than what we could find on the market and be less operational" and "we are now coming to a point where we would have to take a decision".


It's now up to Airbus to show they are up to the task: a failure here would be a terrible burden to carry during the long path to FCAS.

*12 added.
** Download AdlA latest press release here
 
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