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The EADS Barracuda
is a European unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAV) currently under development by EADS
, intended for the role of reconnaissance
and also combat (UCAV
). The aircraft is a joint venture between Germany
Development of the project was stopped after the first prototype crashed while approaching for landing during a test flight. The program was resumed in 2008, with a second prototype being completed in November 2008. The rebuilt Barracuda underwent a series of successful flight tests in Goose Bay, Canada
during July 2009.
The Barracuda is primarily in competition with the Dassault nEUROn
for strategic and defensive contracts. Both are stealthy and have a maximum air speed of around Mach
0.85 . While Germany and Spain are behind the Barracuda, France
are funding the nEUROn. Not much is known about the Barracuda as it is still in development. However the Barracuda is thought to have an operating ceiling of around 20,000 ft and carries a maximum payload of 300 kg.
The Barracuda originated as a UAV design study, intended to push EADS into the market for medium-altitude long-range UAVs, a market they view as dominated by the United......