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BAE Systems, though its Autonomous Systems and Future Capability business unit based in Lancashire, UK, is a leader in the development of Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) demonstrators to enhance military air future capability in the UK.
Rapid engineering techniques and an agile approach to project management has enabled Autonomous Systems and Future Capability to produce a development programme which has resulted in six different platforms flying in the last three years.
Intelligent autonomy, payload and platform systems integration and networked capability all contribute to the ability of our products and services to deliver against operational need – robustly and reliably.
Key focus areas are:
* the development of sovereign UCAV ability for the UK armed forces
* the development of fully autonomous utility UAV systems
Sovereign UCAV ability for the UK
BAE Systems is the industry lead and prime contractor for a project to develop a world-class UAV Technology Demonstrator called Taranis.
This £124m four year programme is part of the UK Government’s Strategic Unmanned Air Vehicle Experiment (SUAVE) and will result in a UCAV demonstrator with fully integrated autonomous systems and low observable features.
The project is being led from within the Autonomous Systems and Future Capability business unit at Warton, Lancashire with support from other BAE Systems teams in the UK and in Australia. Industry partners on this MoD led project include Rolls-Royce; QinetiQ and Smiths Aerospace. The Taranis Technology Demonstrator Programme is aimed at helping inform the UK MoD of the potential of UAVs within the armed forces mix.
Originally posted by maintainright
Is Great Britain not the second biggest spending per head of population after the US when it comes to military R&D.