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The United States Air Force and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced Friday that the new long-range unmanned aerial vehicle XQ-58A Valkyrie completed its second flight at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, on June 11.
The combat system XQ-58A Valkyrie is being developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory in collaboration with Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems.
The XQ-58A demonstrator is a low cost unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems in association with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in the Low Cost Attritable Strike Demonstrator (LCASD).
During the last flight, the vehicle successfully completed its test objectives during a 71-minute flight. The Valkyrie is a multi-mission UAS, independent of the runway, capable of long-range flights at high subsonic speeds and with a wide variety of applications.
The joint effort is part of the Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) portfolio of the Air Force Research Laboratory, whose objective is to break the growing cost trajectory of tactically relevant aircraft.
Steve Fendley, President of the Unmanned Systems Division at Kratos, said: “With this latest milestone, the preparation of the XQ-58A is accelerating and increasing short-term application opportunities for the system. I am extremely proud of our development, production and testing teams that continue to deliver successful results, in record time, in our comprehensive system-level efforts – rare in the aerospace and defense industries. In addition, I appreciate the cooperation and team relationship that Kratos has shared with AFRL in the development and demonstration of the Valkyrie. “