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Details fo the XQ-58A design have not been released. The AFRL is careful to describe a rendering of the aircraft released last year as an “artistic concept” that may not accurately reflect the real vehicle. Full details of the configuration remain secret, but the AFRL confirms the XQ-58A is 9.14m (30ft) long with an 8.23m wingspan. It also can carry a 272kg (600lb) payload internally or mid-wing, the AFRL says.
originally posted by: anzha
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However, if an F-35 can only manage 4, we have a bit of an issue.
The Valkyrie is going through ground safety checks and reviews, and Kratos expects the unmanned aircraft to make its initial flight by around the end of January 2019, according to information from its recent earnings call. Should the UAV successfully execute a series of demonstration flights, the company expects to receive initial production unit orders from the USAF later next year.
The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator, a long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle completed its inaugural flight March 5, 2019 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona. The Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems to develop the XQ-58A.