|Role||High-altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology demonstrator|
The Lockheed Martin X-44 is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology demonstrator built by the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.
After the 1999 cancellation of the RQ-3 Darkstar, Lockheed Martin decided to build a technology demonstrator for a potential family of flying wing UAVs that could be used for combat and non-combat roles. The resulting X-44 (designation previously allocated to the X-44 MANTA) was built in 1999 and first flew in 2001, representing an interim design between the Darkstar and P-175. However, Lockheed Martin kept the X-44 under wraps until February 2018.
The X-44 is reportedly made from nano-carbon fiber and is powered by a Williams F122 turbofan engine. The wingspan of the X-44 is 30 feet, half of that of the RQ-170 Sentinel.
- Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel
- Lockheed Martin RQ-3 Dark Star
- Lockheed Martin P-175 Polecat
- List of unmanned aerial vehicles
- List of military aircraft of the United States
- Specifications and second and third paragraphs: Display information on exhibit at Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, United States.
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