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Flight Testing Taranis

Learn about Taranis, a UK MoD programme with the aim of delivering a flying UAS demonstrator.

Taranis is a UK MoD programme with the aim of delivering a flying UAS demonstrator. The Taranis aircraft represents a reduced signature, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) aimed at integrating and proving new and existing technologies into a new airframe. Built and operated by BAE SYSTEMS and Rolls Royce, the demonstration programme was split into two primary phases; Phase 1 for Airframe, Airdata and Aerodynamics and Phase 2 for Low Observability.
The presentation introduces the objectives, scope and challenges of the Taranis programme; discussing the approach adopted with respect to the safety case that is considered necessary to test a large, experimental unmanned technology demonstrator. By combining safety by design and additional operational mitigations, a viable safety case has been constructed to permit experimental flight trials of this unique UK aircraft.
Maintained, operated and monitored by a full team of mission specialists, support specialists, imaging specialists and ground crew; a series of flight tests have now been completed to confirm the performance and functionality of the systems, avionics, imaging sensors and low observable technologies. The flight test philosophy and techniques utilised during the trials are presented, along with the approach taken with Mission Planning and Mission Crew training. Finally, an overview of the flight trials content for the first two flight phases is presented, concluding with an indication of how the inherent capabilities of the demonstrator aircraft will be developed in the future to achieve an operational capability downstream of the demonstration programme.


Mr Paddy Bourne | talks
Mr Jon Wiggall | talks
Mr Neil Dawson | talks


Date and Time:

11 May 2016 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Royal Aeronautical Society
No.4 Hamilton Place

020 76704345

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Additional Information:

This lecture will be given by 3 experts from BAE Systems working on this programme.

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