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The Modified XQ-58A Valkyrie Jet Drone Can Fly Longer and Attack the Enemy With Different Types of Weapons

Kratos Defense & Secu­ri­ty Solu­tions, a com­pa­ny spe­cial­iz­ing in the devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of defense and secu­ri­ty equip­ment, has mod­i­fied its XQ-58A Valkyrie tac­ti­cal jet drone. This is one of the most func­tion­al and afford­able UAVs in its class, cost­ing about $6.5 mil­lion for small-scale pro­duc­tion.

Accord­ing to Kratos CEO Eric DeMar­co, the com­pa­ny is work­ing on mod­i­fy­ing the first pro­duc­tion batch of 12 Block 1 XQ-58A drones and is simul­ta­ne­ous­ly pro­duc­ing 12 Block 2 units. The new ver­sion of the drone can fly longer, high­er and with a larg­er pay­load, and Block 2B is planned make addi­tion­al changes.

Half of Block 2 will be Block 2B, with new fea­tures based on cus­tomer feed­back, DeMar­co said. In addi­tion, the XQ-58A is capa­ble of launch­ing “jam­mer” drones and attack­ing the ene­my with var­i­ous types of weapons.

One of the fea­tures of the XQ-58A is its abil­i­ty to launch using a launch vehi­cle from a spe­cial plat­form and land by para­chute. This allows it to be used in dif­fi­cult areas where there are no air­fields.

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