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Led partner F-35 was blown away by the wind

During the third test flight, the demonstrator of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) XQ-58A Valkyrie, which should become the guided partner of the fifth generation fighter F-35 Lightning II, was damaged, reports The Drive.

The incident occurred on October 9 at the Yuma test site in Arizona (USA) while landing a drone. Prior to this, the UAV was in the air for about 90 minutes. Presumably, the drone was damaged due to "strong surface winds" and anomalies in the parachute system.

Details of the incident are not reported.

The first flight demonstrator XQ-58A Valkyrie made in March.

The American company Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems and the Air Force Research Laboratory have been working on the XQ-58A Valkyrie for the past 2.5 years. The flight range of a subsonic stealth drone is estimated at three thousand kilometers. The drone is capable of carrying a radar or two small bombs. Among the advantages of the XQ-58A Valkyrie are the ability to launch without using the runway, teamwork with fifth-generation fighters F-22 Raptor or F-35 Lightning II, as well as low cost.


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