May 13, 2006 EADS Military Air Systems has flight tested an innovative jet-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) it has code-named 'Barracuda'. Barracuda is eight metres long, has a wingspan of more than seven metres and a maximum take-off weight of just over three tonnes, all propelled by a Pratt & Whitney jet turbine delivering 14 kN thrust. The flight test in Spain lasted 20-minutes, followed a pre-programmed course completely autonomously and marked the completion of the first test phase. Following the first public presentation of Barracuda at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin next week, development will be continued.
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