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DSEI 2023: QinetiQ launches disposable UAS platform leveraging aerial target experience

12th September 2023 - 14:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


Jackdaw will be a modular design to support 30kg of internal payload while capable of being airborne for over three hours. (Photo: QinetiQ)

The Jackdaw disposable UAS is set to be available from the mid-2020s and will have an iterative development roadmap with functionality and design updates over time.

QinetiQ has used the first day of DSEI 2023 to announce the launch of Jackdaw, a low-cost, high-performance ‘disposable’ UAS.

The company said the platform was designed for swarming and collaborative autonomous operations, including crewed-uncrewed teaming. Jackdaw can carry out reconnaissance, EW, airborne decoy and threat representation missions.

QinetiQ said that its new UAS will enable armed forces to reduce operational risk and increase combat mass by being able to quickly deploy a large number of UAS in scenarios instead of more expensive aerial platforms.

This, in turn, will reduce costs and threat to human lives.

‘The Jackdaw concept leverages

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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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