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The BAE Systems Mantis Unmanned Autonomous System Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator.

 

BAE Systems Mantis

History

Development of the Mantis started in late 2007, a mockup being revealed at the 2008 Farnborough International Air Show. The Phase 1 Mantis vehicle is powered by two Rolls-Royce Model 250 turboprop engines, although this is likely to change in later variants. The Mantis is intended to have at least 24-hour operational endurance and is an autonomous vehicle, able to pilot itself and to plot its own course, communicating with personnel on the ground regarding its observations.

 

Phase 1 is intended to demonstrate BAE Systems' rapid prototyping capabilities and will focus on the evaluation of autonomous control systems. Later phases may evaluate civilian applications, armed variants and sensor packages.

 

The large dome on the front, reminiscent of a pilot's canopy, actually contains an upward facing satellite communications system.

 

The prototype first flew on 21 October 2009 at Woomera Test Range in South Australia.

In 2013 the Mantis was flight tested in the United Kingdom. It is being used as the basis for the new BAE/Dassault Telemos UAV

 

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The BAE Systems Mantis Unmanned Autonomous System Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator is a British demonstrator programme for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology. The Mantis is a twin-engine, turboprop-powered UCAV with a wingspan of approximately 22 m, broadly comparable to the MQ-9 Reaper. Other partners involved in Phase 1 of the Mantis programme include the Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom), Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ, GE Aviation, L-3 Wescam, Meggitt and Lola.

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  • Production history

    Role UAV demonstrator

    Manufacturer BAE Systems Military Air & Information

    First flight 21 October 2009

    Status Test program active

    Primary user United Kingdom

    Produced 1

  • Specifications 1

    Crew: none (UAV)

    Length: 19.8 m (65 ft 0 in)

    Empty weight: 1,000 kg (2,205 lb)

    Max takeoff weight: 9,000 kg (19,842 lb)

    Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce M250B-17 turboprop, 280 kW (380 shp) each

     

  • Performance

    Maximum speed: 560 km/h (350 mph, 300 kn)

    Cruise speed: 370 km/h (230 mph, 200 kn)

    Endurance: 30 hours

    Armament

    Hardpoints: Six

     

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