. . . the Navy gets a drone, Fly-Fer the carrier, the Navy gets a drone.
An unmanned, bat-winged stealth bomber made its first demo flight in California, marking the first step in the Navy’s development of a new generation of killer drones.
The experimental warplane, named the X-47B, took off from Edwards Air Force base, shot to 5,000 feet and flew a racetrack pattern over a dry lakebed during the 29-minute demo flight on Friday, the Navy said in a statement.
“Today we got a glimpse towards the future as the Navy’s first-ever tailless, jet-powered unmanned aircraft took to the skies,” said Capt. Jaime Engdahl, the program manager for the plane, said in a statement.
Military leaders see the plane as a major shift from the current fleet of robotic aircraft.
Combat drones are usually controlled remotely by human pilots, but the X-47B can carry out extended missions controlled by a computer and is designed to fly faster and farther than existing jets, like the Predators and Reapers used in Afghanistan.
It’s also the first drone capable of taking off and landing aboard an aircraft carrier in the ocean.
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Northrop Grumman X-47B
Well, the X-47B is certainly going to take up a lot of space on board a carrier, without the ability to contribute anything towards carrier defense.
/they’re probably looking forward to using it in conjunction with the CVX Next Generation Aircraft Carrier
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