BAE Taranis

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The BAE Systems Taranis is a British demonstrator program for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology. It is an unmanned warplane which is designed to fly between continents. It will carry a variety of weapons which will enable it to attack planes and also targets on the ground. It will utilise technology making it invisible to radar and it can be controlled from anywhere in the world via satellite communications.

The Strategic Unmanned Air Vehicles (Experiment) Integrated Project Team, or SUAV(E) IPT is responsible for directing the work required to establish the potential of Unmanned Air Vehicles.

Named after the Celtic god of thunder Taranis it will "explore and demonstrate how emerging technologies and systems can deliver battle-winning capabilities for the UK armed forces".

Design and development

Taranis is led by BAE Systems and also involves Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation Systems, QinetiQ and the Ministry of Defence. As the prime contractor, BAE Systems is responsible for the overall programme and also for many of the technologies including stealth and low observability, systems...
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