Airbus Reveals LOUT Low Observable UAV Testbed

Airbus has revealed its LOUT low observable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology demonstrator at the Trade Media Briefing 2019 at Manching on Nov. 5.

According to Airbus, the initial concept work for the project was started in 2007. In 2010, Airbus was contracted by the German MoD for a VLO (Very Low Observable) ground testbed for demonstration of wideband signature reduction technologies and a testbed for further VLO integration bringing together simulation and measurement based on a potential configuration for a VLO-platform. The production of a diamond planform demonstrator was completed in 2014.

The LOUT testbed is a 4-ton diamond-shaped stealth Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with a wingspan and a length of around 12 meters.

LOUT was developed from 2010 onwards in Manching and Bremen in a Skunk Works approach, said an Airbus statement.

Airbus LOUT (Low Observable UAV Testbed)
Airbus LOUT (Low Observable UAV Testbed) stealth UCAV concept. Airbus Photo.
Airbus LOUT (Low Observable UAV Testbed)
Airbus LOUT (Low Observable UAV Testbed) stealth UCAV concept. Airbus Photo.
Airbus LOUT (Low Observable UAV Testbed)
Airbus LOUT (Low Observable UAV Testbed) stealth UCAV concept. Airbus Photo.



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