BAE Man­tis con­cept demon­stra­tor to fly in the UK


BAE Sys­tems has an­nounced its in­ten­tion to re-fly the Man­tis UAS con­cept demon­stra­tor – this time in UK airspace. This will be the first flight of a UAS (un­manned air sys­tem) of this class in UK airspace. Fly­ing Man­tis will en­able BAE to continue to ma­ture a num­ber of UAS ca­pa­bil­i­ties and tech­nolo­gies, un­der­pin­ning BAE Sys­tems’ strat­egy to be­come a world-class provider of un­manned air sys­tems. The flight ac­tiv­ity will sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of fu­ture MALE (medium al­ti­tude long en­durance) and UCAS (un­manned com­bat air sys­tems) op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the pro­grammes an­nounced at the An­glo-French sum­mit in Fe­bru­ary this year. By look­ing to fly Man­tis in the UK, BAE Sys­tems is di­rectly aim­ing to ad­dress the as­so­ci­ated chal­lenges of airspace in­te­gra­tion and safe op­er­a­tion of an air­borne sys­tem in ac­cor­dance with UK rules and reg­u­la­tions.

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