The Marine Corps wants a ‘mega drone’ that can take off vertically and is armed to the teeth

The Marine Corps recently released a list of desired specifications for a future drone system, known as the Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary, or MUX.

The requirements, first reported by, include the ability to take off vertically from ships, carry a combined internal and external payload of 9,500 pounds, and fly at least 700 nautical miles (805 land miles) fully loaded. The Marines also want a cruising speed of 230 to 340 mph.

The intended types of missions for the aircraft include escort, early warning, communications relay, and picket line guard missions of Marine amphibious ready groups. The MUX would also be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

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