Navy looks to ultra-endurance UAV for critical comms link

The Navy has expressed an interest in the solar-powered, ultra-endurance unmanned aircraft under development by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a way to furnish communications to carrier strike groups if satellites are knocked out of service, reports Aviation Week.

The Vulture program, which has as its objective the development of an unmanned aircraft that can stay aloft for five years, wants to design a full-scale demonstrator that can stay aloft for a month and would be a significant part of a joint aerial layer network.

DARPA hopes to fly the aircraft in first quarter 2014. 

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