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General Atomics XQ-67A takes first flight

1st March 2024 - 14:02 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


Although the XQ-67A’s exact features largely remained secretive, the images released by the manufacturer showed that the drone had resembled similarities to the Avenger, MQ-25 Stingray and other platforms. (Photo: GA-ASI)

General Atomics' XQ-67A jet-powered combat drone has completed its inaugural flight, just weeks after the company officially revealed the platform.

The XQ-67A Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) developed and built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has flown for the first time.

OBBS, a programme run by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and GA-ASI was selected in 2021 to design, build and fly the new aircraft. As Shephard reported, the company only unveiled the XQ-67 jet-powered uncrewed combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) a couple of weeks ago.

Throughout the flight, GA-ASI affirmed the concept of “genus/species”, initially conceived with AFRL under the Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Platform Sharing (LCAAPS) programme. The initiative aims to create multiple aircraft variants from a

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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