Meet Phantom Ray, the sneakiest remote-controlled stealth aircraft yet. This 36-foot-long unmanned airborne system (UAS) is about the size of a fighter jet. To elude detection, Boeing hid its engine deep within its fuselage, making it harder to spot with infrared imaging devices. What will it be used for? Says Boeing's CEO of Defense, Space and Security, Dennis Muilenburg:
"Phantom Ray offers a host of options for our customers as a test bed for advanced technologies, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; suppression of enemy air defenses; electronic attack and autonomous aerial refueling -- the possibilities are nearly endless."
The best news is, no human beings will be on board, allowing this 614mph jet to stay in the air longer, execute maneuvers that would kill a human, and keep our flyboys and girls from getting themselves killed. Let's hope this advanced aircraft, to be test flown this summer, is used more for spying than killing.