The U.S. Navy plans to fly the drone that was the first unmanned jet to take off from an aircraft carrier on a series of tests that will culminate in its first-ever landing aboard a ship this summer, an official said. The batwing-shaped craft, known as the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System, or UCAS, with […]
The U.S. Navy for the first time launched a drone from an aircraft carrier in what officials hailed as a historic milestone in naval aviation. The batwing-shaped craft, known as the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System, or UCAS, on May 14 was catapulted 11:18 a.m. local time from the deck of the USS George H.W. […]
Naval Air Systems Command posted a video on Sunday of the X-47B’s first shore based arrested landing. It’s one of the initial steps prior to the drone’s first landing aboard an aircraft carrier. Navy officials plan to award four development contracts this summer for the service’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program.
The U.S. Navy in coming months plans to begin reviewing potential candidates for its future aircraft carrier-based drone fleet, even as automatic budget cuts threaten to reduce funding for unmanned systems. The service is still hammering out requirements for the closely-watched program known as the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). It wants […]
The Navy has pushed forward with its intentions to build a carrier-based drone by 2016 with the announcement it plans to fund four companies in the competition to develop it. Service officials have worked hard to keep the unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) program alive despite threats from budget cuts to include sequestration. The […]