Taranis unmanned combat plane unveiled by MoD

Modern warfare heading for the skies

The Ministry of Defence has unveiled a concept design for an unmanned combat plane that could change the face of airbound warfare forever.

Currently known by the codename Taranis, after the Celtic god of thunder, the long-range strike plane protoype is believed to have cost £142.5 million and has been the result of over three million man hours.

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The MoD along with BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Qinetiq and GE Aviation helped to develop the combat plane design which could be used by the RAF if trials are successful.

Designed to carry weapons such as bombs and missiles, the MoD claims if Taranis goes from concept to reality, military crews on the ground will control its actions.

Gerald Howarth, Minister for International Security Strategy said, "Taranis is a truly trailblazing project".

Howarth added, "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."

Trials of the Taranis concept combat plane is scheduled to begin in 2011.

Link: (Via BBC)

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