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Northrop Grumman Builds Next-Generation Hybrid Electric Uncrewed X-Plane for DARPA

Northrop Grumman designed and built the XRQ-73 SHEPARD Hybrid Electric Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) X-Plane for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. // PHOTO: Northrop Grumman

July 10, 2024

BY Northrop Grumman

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