posted on Jul, 14 2008 @ 03:37 PM
That’s very hard to believe Snoopy; Taranis being a little ahead of schedule I can buy into, though I’ve not heard anything about that being the
case, but a variant of Taranis already being complete and capable of carrier landing is a little harder to swallow.
It just doesn’t make sense to me that a more conventional aircraft would come after an aircraft that would probably be a lot more challenging to
design and build. It’s also hard to believe that the UK would have just jumped ahead of the US who, as I’m sure we all know, has followed a very
long road to get where they are now with the X-47B. In fact if this was the case then we’d need access to US or French carriers to conduct flight
tests which I doubt we’d get for free. Assuming that the US would be the first port of call I would imagine that they’d at least want observer
status on the tests, but if that were the case then wouldn’t they be taking advantage of this and find savings from the UCAS-D programme?
I suppose Raven could fit this bill but I wouldn’t exactly call it a variant of Taranis and why use that as a carrier testbed? With a wingspan of
around 3-4m it’s not really representative of a full sized unmanned aircraft either in deck footprint or handling etc. What could you get out of
Raven that you couldn’t with a surrogate manned fighter?
Personally I’d need a lot more information to believe this. That’s not to say I’m ruling it out completely however, BAE can be a secretive lot