Monday, June 19, 2017

The World's Most Lethal Drones Will Be At This Year's Paris Air Show

San Diego Union Tribune: Most lethal drones ever designed will be touted at Paris Air Show

Le Bourget Airport will become the aviation industry’s catwalk beginning Monday, with more than 150 jets, choppers and drones expected to zoom over hundreds of thousands of fans and trade representatives at a week-long celebration — the International Paris Air Show.

Launched in 1909 and held every two years, the 52nd Salon International de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace is expected to shatter its record 2015 draw — 2,303 exhibitor companies from 48 countries.

And if the team from San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions in Booth 3-A118 has its way, the world will get a hint of what promises to become the most lethal unmanned aerial vehicles ever designed — the XQ-222 Valkyrie and UTAP-22 Mako, relatively cheap drones that could double as a fighter pilot’s expendable wingmen in future wars.

“We’ve evolved the maturity of the design to the point where we feel comfortable rolling pieces of it out,” said Steve Fendley, president of the unmanned systems division at Kratos.

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WNU Editor: The drones that will be there will probably steal the show.

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