XQ-67A
XQ-67A first flight
Role Unmanned aerial vehicle
Manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
First flight 28 February 2024
Status Under development
Primary user United States Air Force

The General Atomics XQ-67A is a developmental unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for the United States Air Force.

Design and development

In February 2023 the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced that GA-ASI had been selected to build and test a UAV for the Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) program, intended to fly ahead of and pass data back to manned aircraft. The prototype was publicly unveiled by GA-ASI on 8 February 2024. It is unclear whether or not the XQ-67A is capable of carrying weapons.[1]

The XQ-67A had its first flight on 28 February 2024 from GA-ASI's Grey Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, California. The AFRL stated that "the XQ-67A is the first of a second generation of autonomous collaborative platforms. Following the success of the XQ-58A Valkyrie, the first low-cost uncrewed air vehicle intended to provide the warfighter with credible and affordable mass, the XQ-67A proves the common chassis or genus approach to aircraft design, build and test... This approach paves the way for other aircraft "species" to be rapidly replicated on a standard genus chassis...The genus can be built upon for other aircraft — similar to that of a vehicle frame — with the possibility of adding different aircraft kits to the frame, such as an Off-Board Sensing Station or Off-Board Weapon Station."[2]

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

References

  1. ^ "General Atomics unveils XQ-67A Off-Board Sensing Station UAV". Janes. 12 February 2024. Retrieved 13 March 2024.
  2. ^ "AFRL's XQ-67A makes 1st successful flight". Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs. 5 March 2024. Retrieved 13 March 2024.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.