Belfast Telegraph

BAE Systems tests pilotless fighter jets over Irish sea

A British aerospace company has started test flights for pilotless fighter jets over the Irish Sea.

BAE Systems has taken a step closer to removing pilots from fighter jets by launching the first major test flights for a new generation of intelligent drone aircraft over the Irish Sea.

The defence group is assessing software for unmanned aircraft that will operate with an unprecedented level of independence.

The project, named Astraea, differs from the current drone models in use in Afghanistan, which are flown remotely by pilots on the ground.

Instead these prototypes follow a set of programmed instructions, with the aim that they could fly missions for days at a time.

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