US Air Force gives first view of XQ-67A experimental drone inaugural flight

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The US Air Force has released the first video showcasing its new experimental drone, the XQ-67A, in flight.  

The video, shared by the US Air Force Research Laboratory on June 26, 2024, displays the XQ-67A’s inaugural flight at the Gray Butte facility in Palmdale, California.  

The flight, which took place on February 28, 2024, is part of the US Air Force’s Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) program.  

Despite its designation, its role will extend beyond mere reconnaissance. It will also provide insights into operational tactics and strategic planning, potentially influencing the future of aerial warfare. 

The XQ-67A is an early model of Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA), a USAF concept envisioned to support manned fighters such as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II by operating as a team of unmanned wingmen.  

This setup provides increased surveillance abilities and improved operational efficiency, without requiring more sophisticated piloted aircraft. 

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