Airbus is hoping that its involvement in a German black project to demonstrate very low-observable (VLO) technologies could give the company some additional technological clout in the design and development of the three-nation Future Combat Air System (FCAS). Since 2007, Airbus engineers in Manching and Bremen have been working on the Low-Observable UAV Testbed (LOUT), a ground-based testbed for advanced signature and electromagnetic emission control. With a wingspan and length of 12 m (39 ...

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