Aurora Flight Sciences’ LightningStrike hybrid-electric, high-speed vertical-takeoff-and-landing flight demonstrator has been officially designated the XV-24A, Darpa says. This follows on from the Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotor and Skytrader UV-23 Scout, a short-takeoff-and-landing reconnaissance aircraft built in the late 1980s for U.S. Southern Command’s abortive Grizzly Hunter program.

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