Kratos Defense & Security Solutions declared that it has made progress in its Valkyrie program to create a new stealthy unmanned combat plane for the U.S. Air Force.
Following the Monday statement, XQ-58A Valkyrie successfully accomplished its fourth test flight on Thursday, January 23, at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona.
The XQ-58A is the pathfinder for the attritable class of aircraft that gives the warfighter the capability to project air power with mass unpredictability and complexity.
Thursday’s envelope-expanding flight lasted more than an hour, throughout which the XQ-58A demonstrator successfully accomplished all 43 baseline check aims, also six additional assessments, for a total of 49.
The system deployed its parachutes and usually landed, validating the design modifications integrated for the test flight airbag system after flight three.
So far, the Valkyrie has flown over five hours and exceeded the progress initially planned for the flight series.
The XQ-58A Valkyrie system, made by Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on the Low-Cost Attritable Strike Demonstrator (LCASD) Program, is a low-cost, multi-mission, runway-impartial uncrewed air vehicle (UAV) able to long-range flights and high-subsonic speeds meant to help a wide range of defense mission applications.
Along with the Valkyrie’s extreme survivability and adaptableness, as part of the Low-Cost Attritable Plane Technology (LCAAT) portfolio, it’s designed to break the escalating cost trajectory of tactically related aircraft.