Kelley Aerospace Releases Arrow Supersonic Drone Concept

Kelley Aerospace has officially launched its supersonic unmanned combat aerial vehicle concept (UCAV). The arrow is said to be the "world's first supersonic UAV that pushes the boundary with state-of-the-art swarm and autonomous aerial flight logic — making it a formidable UAV."  The aircraft features a Monocoque fuselage built from carbon fiber. This makes it lightweight enough to fly more than 2,600 Nm (4,800 km) with a maximum weight of 37,038 lbs. (16,800 kg). “It is designed for a reduced radar cross-section and infra-red signature. The carbon fiber and monocoque design endows the Arrow with outstanding strength and stiffness…”  The Arrow can also be deployed for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance tasks. For details, visit and

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