UK Daily Telegraph – Long-range Taranis drone unveiled

From: Andrew Johnson

Date: 2010-07-13 12:23:28

Attachments : More mind games in the Daily Telegraph… i.e. they’ve been running quite a few UFO stories – and what does this look like to you…?…   Long-range Taranis drone unveiled An unmanned combat aircraft capable of striking in another continent has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence after three-and-a-half years of research.   Published: 9:40AM BST 13 Jul 2010 The £142.5 million prototype unmanned combat aircraft of the future, Taranis Photo: MoD/BAE/PA Named Taranis, after the Celtic god of thunder, the £142.5 million prototype has been dubbed the ”pinnacle” of British engineering and aeronautical design. It is the size of a light aircraft and has been equipped with advanced stealth technology making it virtually undetectable.   Related Articles Military spy drones not licensed for training in Britain Nimrod families ‘vindicated’ over plane’s safety concerns Unmanned Fire Scout helicopter to begin military service Unmanned drones could be banned, says senior judge Afghanistan and Pakistan must be tackled together, says Gordon Brown Air Vice-Marshal Geoffrey Cairns Almost invisible to ground radar, it is designed to travel at high jet speeds and cover massive distances between continents. The plane is built to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on enemy territory using onboard sensors. And it has been designed to carry a cache of weapons – including bombs and missiles -, giving it a potential long-range strike capability. It can be controlled from anywhere in the world with satellite communications. Experts say the cutting-edge design is at the forefront of world technology and as advanced as any US development. Gerald Howarth, Minister for International Security Strategy, said: ”Taranis is a truly trailblazing project. ”The first of its kind in the UK, it reflects the best of our nation’s advanced design and technology skills and is a leading programme on the global stage.” The prototype will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle. Should such systems be brought into service, they would be under the control of highly trained military crews on the ground. The model was created by the MoD along with engineering firms BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, QinetiQ and GE Aviation. Nigel Whitehead, group managing director of BAE Systems’ Programmes and Support business, said: ”Taranis has been three and a half years in the making and is the product of more than a million man-hours. ”It represents a significant step forward in this country’s fast-jet capability. This technology is key to sustaining a strong industrial base and to maintain the UK’s leading position as a centre for engineering excellence and innovation.” The jet was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire. Flight trials are due to start next year.     Are you interested in what’s really going on in the world, behind the facade? Then…www.checktheevidence… happened on 9/11?    

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