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Kelley Aerospace unveils Arrow, supersonic UCAV


Singapore-based Kelley Aerospace has officially launched the world's first supersonic unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).

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Kelley Aerospace unveils Arrow supersonic UCAV 02 Arrow UCAV (Picture source: Kelley Aerospace)


Dubbed "Arrow" ,  the aircraft boasts a carbon fiber monocoque, enabling it to fly for more than 2,600 Nm (4,800 km) with a maximum payload of 37,038 lbs (16,800 kg). Speeds up to Mach 2.1 – exceeding the speed of sound – are announced.

The Arrow is said to be the “world’s first supersonic UAV that pushes the boundary with state-of-the-art swarm and autonomous aerial flight logic — making it a formidable UAV. The Arrow is designed to complement manned aircraft and be a force multiplier in the aerial battlefield”


Kelley Aerospace unveils Arrow supersonic UCAV 03 The Arrow is designed to complement manned aircraft and be a force multiplier in the aerial battlefield (Picture source: Kelley Aerospace)


“It is designed for a reduced radar cross-section and infra-red signature. The carbon fiber and monocoque design endows the Arrow with outstanding strength and stiffness,” said the company.

Arrow is designed to perform a variety of tasks, at a starting price of $9 million, that can reach $16 million with different features. To date, the company claims to have already received 100 “pre-orders” for the drone, which will be manufactured at their facility in Singpaore’s Seletar Aerospace Park