Boeing Phantom Ray

In the Phantom Ray ( literally, as " Phantom Ray " ) of Boeing is a testbed for the development of a stealth drone.


The development of the Phantom Ray began in mid-2007 under the name "Project Reblue " after a year, the J- UCAS program was terminated before. Since Boeing wanted to explore the technical foundations for future projects continue, the Phantom Works began in 2008 to rebuild the X -45C prototypes. The further developed a technology demonstrator engine now received the codename "Phantom Ray" and was presented on May 10, 2010 in St. Louis to the public. The Boeing -funded project itself is intended to serve as a test bed for advanced technologies, including intelligence and surveillance, combating enemy air defenses, and the exertion of electronic jamming. The Phantom Ray is to be able to autonomously carry out an in-flight refueling operation. First rolling tests completed, the aircraft until November 18, 2010 at the Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. The originally planned for December 2010 first flight has been postponed to April of 2011. For more rolling tests and flight tests of the test vehicle was transferred by the line used for the transport of the NASA Shuttle Boeing 747 to Dryden Test Range. The test flight in preparation for the transfer, carried out on the hull of the 747, on 13 December 2010 was successful. On 27 April 2011, the UCAV introduced the first 17 -minute flight through Dryden. In this case, the aircraft reached an altitude of 7,500 ft and a speed of 178 kt. In May 2011, Boeing continued the test flights and hopes to further funding from government agencies.


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