The US Air Force has successfully tested an advanced, jet-powered drone called the XQ58-A Valkyrie, that could someday accompany human-piloted fighter jets on missions. The concept is a bit like something we’ve seen in video games, a drone (or swarm of drones) can fight alongside a human pilot, or absorb enemy fire in their place.
The drone was designed to be controlled by a piloted aircraft and can be used for electronic warfare, strike, and surveillance. It can carry a small payload of bombs, and can use a conventional runway or can be launched via rocket. Read the full article.