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US Air Force UCAVs – fade to black

So now India plans to build an unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator. I’m not holding my breath, but I am wondering why the US Air Force withdrew from the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems programme, leaving the US Navy to carry on alone. Perhaps my collegue Steve Trimble over on The Dew Line is correct […]

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Back on the deck

I was researching the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (it’s exciting being an aerospace journalist) when I came across this Newport News artist’s concept of the US Navy’s next aircraft carrier, the CVN-21. Newport News is owned by Northrop Grumman, and Northrop has all or part of every aircraft on the deck: the F/A-18s […]

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New Cat on carrier decks – part 2

Sources tell me that Hellcat and Intruder 2 are among names being considered by the US Navy for Northrop Grumman’s X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator. Get your votes in! I vote for Hellcat, but just in case I am offering to sell the film rights to my latest book, Flight of the Intruder 2.

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Carrier-based aircraft design – use or lose it

Supporters of carrier-based unmanned aircraft made a pitch to Congress last week to save funding for the US Navy’s unmanned combat air system demonstrator, UCAS-D. The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a think-tank, presented its case that a naval UCAS would transform US aircraft carriers by giving them a long-range, persistent strike and surveillance […]

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