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Drone named after the Terminator demonstrates warfare abilities by dropping a torpedo from mid-air


BAE Systems demonstrated the feat during a NATO training exercise, which saw a human controller fly the quadcopter strapped with the torpedo from a dock and over the ocean, where it let the weapon drop.

The electric-powered, car-sized T-600 has a payload capacity of 441 pounds, tops speeds of 87 miles per hour and has a range of up to 50 miles.

The demonstration aimed to showcase the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the T-600 and its potential for automated logistics, resupply, casualty and evacuation. 

The T-600 is the AI-powered machine that takes over the world in the iconic Terminator series and features a combat endoskeleton made of titanium alloy, sometimes covered in synthetic latex.

While the drone shares the name of the fictitious killing machine, the T-600 reflects that it is part of the 'T' series of quadcopters produced by Malloy Aeronautics and is a test bed designed to carry up to 600 pounds.

The demonstration, conducted by BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics, was held in Portugal last month.

It saw the T-600 successfully release an inert Sting Ray training variant anti-submarine torpedo during a flight mission at sea for the first time.

The exercise known as REPMUS (Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping with Maritime Uncrewed Systems) involved 15 NATO partners, along with Ireland and Sweden. 

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