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NORTHROP GRUMMAN BUILDS NEXT-GENERATION HYBRID ELECTRIC UNCREWED X-PLANE FOR DARPA

The SHEPARD program's hybrid-electric uncrewed aircraft system has its official X-plane designation.

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NORTHROP GRUMMAN BUILDS NEXT-GENERATION HYBRID ELECTRIC UNCREWED X-PLANE FOR DARPA
Northrop Grumman designed and built the XRQ-73 SHEPARD Hybrid Electric Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) X-Plane for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman has announced the design and construction of the Series Hybrid Electric Propulsion AiRcraft Demonstration (SHEPARD) vehicle. The uncrewed air system developed for DARPA recently received its official X-plane designation of XRQ-73.

Built-in collaboration with Scaled Composites, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, the XRQ-73 SHEPARD is a DARPA "X-prime" program leveraging hybrid electric architecture and component technologies to quickly mature a new mission-focused aircraft design with propulsion architecture and power class for the Department of Defense.

For more information about DARPA’s XRQ-73 SHEPARD program, please click here.

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