Reported that the xq-58a UAV completed its third flight of the low-cost strike demonstration project at Yuma proving ground, Arizona, on October 9. Unfortunately, the high wind speed and the failure of the temporary flight test recovery system of the aircraft resulted in an unfortunate accident after landing, which damaged the aircraft. During the 90-minute flight, the XQ-58A performed a perfect test, reaching 56 of the 56 benchmark test points, with two additional test points, leaving excess fuel after the mission was completed. After the successful completion of the flight, the landing system will resume normal operation, and the aircraft will descend normally under the cover system.
But in the final descent, the prototype of the buffer system used for initial testing but not intended for final operational use suffered abnormal effects, resulting in the aircraft being damaged during landing.
Major General William Cooley, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, said the United States would continue to understand the aircraft and the potential that the technology could provide for combat. The third flight successfully completed the target and expanded the scope of the first two flights. The U.S. military has collected a lot of valuable data from this flight, and will even learn from this misfortune. Ultimately, this is the goal of any experiment. He stressed that the U.S. military was satisfied with the progress of the low-cost wearable strike demonstration program.
Like all Kratos traditional UAVs and Kratos high-performance jet target UAVs, XQ-58A Valkyrie is designed to quickly repair and reuse damages that persist after missions. The goddess of war has been recovered, the damage has been preliminarily assessed and its repairability has been determined.
The planes scheduled fourth flight will be postponed until the end of the safety investigation.
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026