BAE's Taranis Drone Completes Full Stealth-Mode Test Flights

By Gary Cutlack on at

The promising Taranis drone, a £185m joint development by the Ministry of Defence, BAE and other industry partners, has completed phase two of its testing. This included flights in full stealth configuration, which its backers claim make it "virtually invisible" to radar.

The key to getting it stealthy, according to the makers, is the removal of the nose's air data boom and the sticking on of new antennas, which allow the unmanned plane to continue to generate flight data and communicate with ground staff without giving its location away.