The XQ-58 autonomous aircraft will begin testing at Eglin Air Force Base. The 96th Test Wing announced that the Air Force had transferred two XQ-58 Valkyrie drones to the 40th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin—a critical step as the service works to develop and deploy unmanned, self-operating aircraft that can work with human-crewed aircraft.

Senior Vice President Jeffrey Herro of Kratos’ unmanned systems division told Air & Space Forces Magazine that other activities are taking place with the Valkyrie system now.

He said they were really pleased with its performance on the last few flights and are continuing to evolve other capabilities for other platforms as well.