Recent developments in Brazil and Colombia reflect a trend towards domestic UAV manufacturing.
PREMIUM: Spirit busy ‘optimising’ LANCA vehicle design ahead of 2023 first flight
A spokesperson for Spirit AeroSystems in Belfast has told Shephard it is currently ‘optimising’ its Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) vehicle design, which the company aims to fly in 2023 for the first time.
As plans are at an early stage and linked to further R&D, an exact date for first flight is ‘being continually assessed', the spokesperson added.
The UK MoD awarded Spirit a £30 million ($41.73 million) contract on 25 January 2021 to design and manufacture a LANCA prototype under Project Mosquito Phase 2.
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