BAE unveils(ish) new compact, military-grade drones with XXL capacities
The effective deployment of consumer UAVs on military missions in Ukraine has begun to blur the lines between larger craft built specifically for armed forces and smaller vehicles whose tech was intended for enterprise and leisure operation. Now, aerospace and defense specialist BAE is entering that overlapping space with compact, potentially expendable drones boasting super-sized capacities for military clients.
Though the craft is clearly being developed for defense purposes, the limited tech specs BAE has revealed will get consumer pilots fantasizing about putting the UAVs through the motions. The pair of compact drones – christened Concept 1 and Concept 2 – are designed to operate military surveillance and intelligence missions, yet can also tote some pretty heavy and potentially destructive payloads. In contrast to the average store-bought quadcopter, meanwhile, they’ll reach speeds Mach 0.5 and 0.75 respectively. Try pushing the sticks on your…