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UK points to 'swarming drone' trials on aircraft carriers

15th July 2020 - 17:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


The RAF is known to be interested in exploring remote carrier solutions for its next-generation Tempest programme, and now it intends to test 'swarming drone' technology and a loyal wingman concept from RN aircraft carriers, in a move designed to demonstrate new maritime air power capabilities for the UK.

216 Squadron, having been reformed and stood up by the RAF in April 2020, will lead the swarming drone part of the plans, with the Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) project expected to act as the driving force behind loyal wingman ambitions.

In a 15 July speech at the Virtual

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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