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PCAS prepares for live weapons drop

21st February 2014 - 14:45 GMT | by Andrew White in London


The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Raytheon will demonstrate their Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) capability with a live fire mission later this year, it has emerged.

Speaking to Shephard, Raytheon programme manager and senior engineering fellow, Dr Dave Bossert, confirmed the first operational demo would incorporate a manned A-10 Thunderbolt II, although the programme is still ‘primed’ to integrate the capability on board unmanned platforms. Original efforts had centred around developing an optionally piloted-variant of the Thunderbolt II until plans were recently put on hold.

It is understood that the first test flight will take

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Andrew White


Andrew White

Andrew is a former editor of Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Andrew joined Shephard …

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