Flying aircraft carriers could be here sooner than you think

 

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Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie combat drone.

Kratos and AeroVironment are teaming up to make it happen.

For nearly half a decade, DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — has been hard at work on a (not so) secret project: to build a flying aircraft carrier, a flying piloted “mother ship” capable of launching and recovering drone aircraft.

Little did DARPA know that two of its favorite contractors, defense companies AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) and Kratos Defense & Security (NASDAQ:KTOS), were about to go one better.

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