Dstl rolls out LANCA concept
The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has released details of a new unmanned combat aircraft concept in development for the Royal Air Force.
The Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) concept looks to offer additional protection, survivability and information for manned combat aircraft.
A technology demonstrator project known as ‘Mosquito’ has awarded contracts for Phase 1 of the work, which will produce a preliminary system design for a UAS and assessment of the key risk areas. Initial flight test of the demonstrator air vehicle are currently slated for 2022.
Phase 1 will include the exploration of novel design, development, prototyping, manufacture and support, to enable low-cost rapid development and evolution of a potential future unmanned combat air system. Dstl will deliver the technical oversight, project management and partnering for Project Mosquito.
Phase 1 contracts have been awarded to three teams led by Blue Bear Systems Research, Boeing Defence, and Callen-Lenz (Team BLACKDAWN partnered with Bombardier Belfast and Northrop Grumman).
LANCA aims to explore the utility and feasibility of unmanned capability adjuncts to existing and future fast jet aircraft, specifically those that offer substantial reductions in traditional cost and development timelines.
After the 12-month Phase 1, Project Mosquito’s Phase 2 will select up to two of the Phase 1 solutions to further mature the designs, complete manufacturing of the technology demonstrator and conclude with a limited flight-test programme.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has begun a series of internally-funded multi-domain operations (MDO) demonstrations of the Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) UAS. The flight ...
A large UAV from the Tengden Technology Company in China performed its maiden flight on 16 January, the platform being notable for the three turbocharged ...
Dynetics has successfully flown its X-61A Gremlins Air Vehicle for the first time, the company announced on 17 January. Part of the DARPA Gremlins programme, ...
Delivery of two RQ-4D UAS for NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme has been marked in a ceremony at Sigonella Air Base, Italy, where the ...
Leonardo’s Falco Xplorer UAS has undertaken its maiden flight from Trapani Air Force base, the company announced on 17 January. The aircraft flew for around ...
As the incremental adoption of unmanned vessels into the naval sphere continues, the intent from the US government, agencies and industry for such solutions is ...