XQ-58A, the Runway-Independent Drone Tested by US Air Force

Defence Industry

Washington: In December last year, the US Air Force tested its newest XQ-58A Valkyrie drones at its Elgin base in Florida. The images of the test were shared with the public recently, and the striking part of the test was how it was conducted independent of a runway.

According to the captions released by the US Air Force, the tests were conducted by the Autonomous Aircraft Experimentation team of the 40th Flight Test Squadron at the Elgin Air Force Base (AFB) on December 15, 2022.

This was an operational experimentation test flight, although it did not specify whether the drones belonged to the Block-2 of the XQ-58A that the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) tested earlier in November.