L-3 Communications has confirmed plans to more than double the size of its Mobius optionally manned aircraft. The new version will be 140 percent larger to allow for a two-seat manned configuration. The second seat can be occupied by a second pilot and/or sensor operator.
The existing development model has a maximum takeoff weight of 3,000 pounds and a wingspan of almost 27 feet.
L-3 also plans to expand the package of available ISR sensors and introduce an automatic takeoff and landing system. It sees the improved Mobius as a direct competitor to Northrop Grumman’s just-unveiled Firebird unmanned aircraft in the medium-altitude, long-endurance sector.