A NATO study of active flow control (AFC) for tailless unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV) has concluded the technology is “feasible and reasonable” for flight control, at least for the ingress phase of a strike mission, when fluidic control could increase stealth. NATO Task Group AVT-239 completed a five-year performance assessment of innovative control effectors (ICE) in December. A second group, AVT-295, is flight-testing the technology, with two different subscale UCAV ...

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