Military Drone Milestone: Valkyrie’s Autonomous Abilities

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Military Drone Milestone Valkyrie's Autonomous Abilities
Military Drone Milestone Valkyrie's Autonomous Abilities

Military drones have undergone significant advancements in recent years, with notable developments enabling autonomous flight operations and collaboration with other aircraft, manned or unmanned. This evolution reflects a strategic embrace by drone manufacturers and active encouragement from military entities, particularly in the United States.

Among these modern drones is the XQ-58A Valkyrie, introduced by Kratos in 2019. Designed to operate autonomously and conduct missions alongside traditional aircraft, the Valkyrie represents a valuable asset for the American military.

Military Drone Milestone Valkyrie's Autonomous Abilities
Military Drone Milestone Valkyrie’s Autonomous Abilities (Credit: Kratos)

Breaking Barriers in Autonomous Flight

A recent milestone occurred during a live flight test at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, showcasing the Valkyrie’s capability to conduct electronic attacks on targets. This test marked the culmination of the Penetrating Affordable Autonomous Collaborative Killer – Portfolio (PAACK-P) program, demonstrating the drone’s effectiveness in the Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) role.

Equipped with advanced electronic warfare capabilities, the Valkyrie autonomously detected, identified, and targeted tactically relevant assets while flying alongside F-35 fighter planes. Transmitting target coordinates and executing non-kinetic electronic attacks, the drone fulfilled its objectives with precision.

The XQ-58A Valkyrie, boasting stealth features, offers versatility in deployment, whether as a loyal wingman, solo operator, or in coordinated swarms. Armed with a 426-cubic-inch V8 engine, it possesses impressive performance metrics, including a top speed of 652 mph and an operational range of 3,000 miles.

While the timeline for full operational deployment remains undisclosed, the Valkyrie’s successful test underscores its potential as a force multiplier for the American military.


By Annie Linardos

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