Taranis is capable of undertaking sustained surveillance, marking targets, gathering intelligence, deterring adversaries, and carrying out strikes in hostile territory, with the supervision of a human operator on the ground.
It is the newest weapon produced whose clear specifications are still primarily classified. Taranis has not yet been adopted on the market to be used in anti-crime and anti-terror operations. It isn’t deployed yet, and the UK military has no plans near to make it part of its official fleet.
Taranis is different from other traditional drones because of its stealth and autonomy functions. It can fly autonomously under the control of a human operator.
At 39 feet long with a 32-foot wingspan, the Taranis is about the size of a school bus. One of its most sophisticated features is its ability to evade detection while keeping in contact with the human pilot on the ground throughout.
According to David Coates, a spokesperson for BAE Systems, the company that manufactured the drone,
- The weapon is “virtually invisible to radar”.
- At speeds of more than 700 miles of an hour, it could come and go without anyone on the ground noticing it.
- It can target threats and is able to fire on that target on its own after a remote pilot gives the go head.
- It has ability to evade detection while keeping in contact with the human pilot on the ground
As more weapons with capabilities like the Taranis’ are developed, comes the hope that weapons that can target and fire on their own are the near future in militaries across the globe to cut on human loss.