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  • U.S. Navy lands fighter-jet sized drone on aircraft carrier for first time

    07/11/2013 2:22:57 PM PDT · by brityank · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | 13 July, 2013 | Brock Vergakis, AP
    ‘A chance to see the future’: U.S. Navy lands fighter-jet sized drone on aircraft carrier for first timeBrock Vergakis, Associated Press | 13/07/11 4:03 PM ET The U.S. Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks that a pilot is asked to do. The landing of the X-47B experimental aircraft means the Navy can move forward with its plans to develop another unmanned aircraft that will join the fleet alongside traditional...
  • Today's Drone Test Changes Everything About Unmanned Aerial Warfare (Launched from USS GHW Bush)

    07/10/2013 3:15:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 10, 2013 | Brian Jones
    Today, off the coast of Virginia on the USS George H.W. Bush, the U.S. Navy successfully landed an X-47B drone aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time. "It isn't very often you get a glimpse of the future," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in an official Navy release. The landing of the fighter jet-sized drone, which is larger than the Predator drones common in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, represents a watershed moment in the wielding of unmanned aerial vehicles. "The operational unmanned aircraft soon to be developed have the opportunity to radically change the way presence and...
  • X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing

    07/10/2013 11:12:31 AM PDT · by Daus · 46 replies
    US Navy ^ | 7/10/13 | NA
    USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, at sea (NNS) -- The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10. "By evolving and integrating new technology like the X-47B and the unmanned aircraft to follow, carriers will remain relevant throughout their 50-year lifespan," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Today's demonstration was the first time a tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft landed on a modern aircraft carrier. This test marks an historic event for naval aviation that Navy leaders believe will impact...
  • X-47B Accomplishes First Ever Carrier Touch and Go aboard CVN 77

    05/18/2013 3:59:55 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 45 replies
    United States Navy ^ | 17 May 2013 | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Vinson
    X-47B Accomplishes First Ever Carrier Touch and Go aboard CVN 77 Story Number: NNS130517-15Release Date: 5/17/2013 5:11:00 PM By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Vinson, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Public Affairs USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- The Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) has begun touch and go landing operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 17. For UCAS-D, this represents the most significant technology maturation of the program. Ship relative navigation and precision touchdown of the X-47B are critical technology elements for all future Unmanned Carrier...
  • US Navy tests anti-mine drones in Gulf drills

    05/15/2013 8:11:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 2013 | NA
    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The U.S. Navy is putting underwater drones through wartime-style drills as part of international mine-clearing exercises in the Persian Gulf following similar maneuvers by Iran. The U.S.-led exercises, which began last week, include operations by the unmanned SeaFox devices, which are equipped with sonar and an explosive charge designed to shoot and destroy mines. It is part of the Navy's plans to increasingly deploy automated surveillance and protection systems, including aerial drones. Navy commanders insist the exercises, comprising more than 41 nations, are not intended solely against possible Iranian threats. But Iran has previously warned it...
  • Unmanned craft is set to launch from carrier Bush

    05/14/2013 5:23:59 AM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | May 14, 2013 | Dianna Cahn
    NORFOLK A new era in naval aviation is set to launch from the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush today, if all goes according to plan. For the first time ever, the Navy plans to catapult an unmanned aerial vehicle off a carrier flight deck, marking a strategic technological shift in naval aviation. The launch of the prototype X-47B from the Bush, steaming off the Virginia coast, follows months of shore-based launch tests at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. The objective: to show that automated aircraft can play an active role in air warfare operations at sea. "The addition...
  • X-47B demonstrator completes its first shore-based arrested landing

    05/07/2013 1:13:12 PM PDT · by taildragger · 21 replies
    You Tube / Navair ^ | 05/05/2013 | Naval Air Systems Command
    The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes its first shore-based arrested landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. May 4.
  • Navy catapults unmanned aircraft for first time

    11/29/2012 9:36:01 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-29
    The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have conducted the Navy's first catapult launch of an unmanned aircraft on Thursday, marking the first of a series of shore-based catapult-to-flight tests over the next few weeks. Using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator, the Navy's UCAS Carrier Demonstration program plans to catapult the aircraft from a ship base, making history, next year. Mike Mackey, UCAS-D program director for Northrop Grumman, said, "Today's successful launch is another critical milestone in the carrier-stability testing phase of the UCAS-D program." The test was conducted at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station...
  • Air Base Reveals 'UFO' That Caused Panic Along DC Highways

    07/31/2012 9:39:38 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 77 replies
    myfoxdc.com ^ | July 31`,2012
    PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - Remember the ‘UFO' that motorists spotted along D.C. highways back in June? The saucer-shaped object caused a stir in the area prompting many to call 911 and to post photos on Twitter. We later learned the mysterious object was an experimental, unmanned aircraft called an X-47B. The aircraft was delivered to the Patuxent Naval Air Station for testing and on Tuesday FOX 5 got its first close-up look at the drone. According to Northrop Grumman, the saucer-like shape of the aircraft is a deliberate effort to make it harder to detect. Remotely-piloted aircraft like the X-47B...
  • US Navy X-47B Robot Fighter Jet Completes First Phase Of Testing

    06/29/2012 2:10:51 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 29 June 2012 | Peter Murray
    The Navy’s robotic fighter just got one step closer to earning its wings. The X-47B, an unmanned stealth attack jet, has completed the first major phase of flight testing on its way to become the first aircraft to be able to land and take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier –completely autonomously. After its first successful flight on February 4, 2011 at Edwards Air Force Base – a short, 29 minute jaunt to 5,000 feet – the X-47B has now climbed to as much as 15,000 feet. The testing, which concluded on May 15, ran the jet through...
  • Proposed US Military Buildup - 2012-2024

    05/20/2012 7:18:07 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 100 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | 19 May 2012 | Jef Head
    Proposed US Military buildup under a conservative U.S. Administration circa 2012-2024 CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE The following plan is based on a major US economic turnaround based on sound Free Market principles geared to US interests, energy independendece, a balanced budget, stabilization of Social Security & Medicare & eliminating unessary and wasteful entitlements & entire federal agencies. It is also based,under a conservative leadership in Washington, on adopting lower corporate and individual income taxes so the revenue to the treasury expands and increases significantly which will fuel the buildup necessary to remain technologically superior by two generations...
  • Drone Will Call Aircraft Carriers Home

    02/08/2011 11:03:16 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 44 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 8, 2011 | NATHAN HODGE
    The U.S. Navy said it made a breakthrough in drone technology with the first flight of the X-47B, a bat-winged unmanned jet designed to take off and land from an aircraft carrier, one of the most complex and difficult feats in aviation.
  • Bat-winged drone bomber in test flight: US Navy

    02/07/2011 10:28:54 AM PST · by mandaladon · 49 replies
    Tea party Tribune ^ | 6 Feb 2011 | PinkTeaPatriot
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A robotic, bat-winged bomber designed to take off from a US aircraft carrier has passed its first test in a debut flight in California, the US Navy said. The X-47B jet, which looks like a smaller version of the B-2 stealth bomber, stayed in the air for 29 minutes and climbed to 5,000 feet in a test flight on Friday at Edwards Air Force Base, according to the Navy and defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Military leaders see the plane as part of a new generation of drones that would be able to evade radar and fly...
  • China 'Developing Military Spacecraft'(resembles X-47B?)

    01/11/2011 6:28:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 01/12/11
    China 'Developing Military Spacecraft' China is making progress in building an "upper-atmosphere" jet fighter, an official said last week, adding to a flurry of speculation about China's growing air power. Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily on Tuesday said Shaanxi TV last Saturday quoted acting provincial governor Zhao Zhengyong as saying China has "succeeded in the test flight of a prototype aircraft that can fly through the atmospheric layer." Zhao was visiting a state-run aircraft corporation at Xi'an high-tech industrial development zone. The channel showed images of a prototype space fighter being assembled whose outward appearance was almost identical to a...
  • U.S. Navy Seeks ISR, Strike UAVs

    03/30/2010 9:50:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 406+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 3/29/2010 | Guy Norris
    Industry players have until early May to respond to a U.S. Navy request for information (RFI) for a carrier-based, stealthy, unmanned, strike and surveillance system capable of integrating with manned aircraft as part of a carrier air wing by 2018. The unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (Uclass) RFI calls for a notional system made up of 4-6 autonomously launched and recoverable vehicles to operate in “irregular and hybrid warfare scenarios.” The system must be able to operate from CVN-68 and -78-class carriers, and be capable of being directed from both carrier- and shore-based mission control stations. The stealthy UAV...
  • Looking up: Plant 42 sees hiring increase

    02/14/2009 9:59:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 442+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, February 14, 2009. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - Employment at Air Force Plant 42 picked up during the last six months of 2008, thanks primarily to hiring at Northrop Grumman Corp. That hiring trend is expected to continue as the company ramps up development of the Navy's unmanned demonstrator aircraft, the X-47B, and production of the F-35 joint strike fighter. "We did hit our staffing target last year; however, we're still looking to add another 500 people by the end of the year," Northrop spokesman Jim Hart said. The Air Force production flight test facility reported employment of 7,039 at the various contractor sites, up from...
  • Navy unveils X47B unmanned jet - Evil Robot - Updated

    12/20/2008 9:42:47 AM PST · by StockMarketNews · 20 replies · 1,967+ views
    militarynews ^ | 20.12.2008 | military news
    ....autonomous airplane that would launch and recover on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and conduct strike and other missions — without the hands-on controls of an onboard pilot... FULL STORY
  • Robot [Navy] attack jet unveiled

    12/17/2008 2:54:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies · 1,820+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Wednesday, December 17, 2008. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - Heralded as the future of naval aviation, the X-47B unmanned combat aircraft for the Navy was unveiled Tuesday before an enthusiastic crowd at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Palmdale facility. With the Stars and Stripes as a backdrop and the strains of "Anchors Away" echoing through the hangar, the men and women who have contributed to its development greeted the cutting-edge aircraft during the afternoon ceremony. "It stands out as being a very good-looking aircraft," said Scott Winship, Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program manager for Northrop Grumman. A first for the Navy, the X-47B is intended to demonstrate the...
  • Northrop picked to build pilotless [comabt] plane [for USN]

    08/06/2007 1:23:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies · 1,649+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, August 6, 2007
    PALMDALE - The Navy has awarded a $635.8 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. to build a revolutionary pilotless combat plane at the company's facility at Air Force Plant 42. The plane, called the X-47B, will be designed to fly from aircraft carriers and carry out bombing missions and perform extended surveillance. It will use stealth technology designed to make it hard to spot on radar. The six-year contract is part of a Navy program, known as the Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration, or UCAS-D, to establish the capability of such a robot plane. Northrop Grumman tested the smaller...
  • Northrop wins $1 billion deal for 3 [UCAV Bomber] aircraft

    08/20/2004 5:44:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 470+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Thursday, August 19, 2004. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - Northrop Grumman Corp. will build three unmanned X-47B aircraft and their associated systems under a $1 billion contract awarded Wednesday. The contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is part of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems demonstration program, intended to produce the technologies for unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering munitions. The three vehicles will be assembled at Northrop's facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. Company officials, however, do not foresee a large increase in employment at the site due to this contract, said Jim Hart, Northrop spokesman. The X-47B is expected to begin...