Britain’s Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator has had a secretive upbringing. With three flight-test phases now behind it—and possibly more to follow—the platform has and will continue to provide critical data that will help shape the next generation of UCAVs, including what is likely to be an Anglo-French UCAV demonstrator planned to fly in the 2020s. But just testing such a platform has its own unique challenges, even for experienced aircraft ...

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