BAE Systems flies Mantis UAV
BAE Systems has successfully flown the largest fully autonomous unmanned aircraft ever to be built in the UK. The next generation autonomous system, Mantis, completed its maiden flight in Woomera, South Australia.
During subsequent flights, Mantis successfully completed a series of trials demonstrating the capability of the system and the potential of large unmanned systems to support future UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) operational needs. The Mantis programme is jointly funded by UK MOD and UK Industry.
During phase one of the programme, BAE Systems has been working alongside the UK MOD and key industrial parties including:
• Rolls- Royce - Integrated Propulsion System & Engine Clearance
• QinetiQ - Flight Termination System and Communication System
• GE Aviation - Electrical Power System and Primary Flight Control Actuation
• Meggitt - Electrical Braking System.
• Selex Galileo - future Mission Systems and Sensor requirements.
MANTIS has a 20 metre wingspan and is BAE Systems’ first all-electric aircraft. The system is intended to be easily deployable and can be broken down to fit into a military transport aircraft. MANTIS is designed to be a real workhorse with “plug and play” elements in the mission system and the ability to carry a wide range of sensors.