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Why the JROC neutered the Navy’s UCLASS program

This outstanding story by my buddy Sam LaGrone at the United States Naval institute is a must read. A few weeks ago, I reported that the requirements for the US Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft are not matching up with what the service’s leaders had originally envisioned when the program was […]

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X-47B fails fourth trap attempt

The US Navy confirms that a Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system-demonstrator (UCAS-D) aircraft made a fourth unsuccessful attempt to make an arrested landing on the aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush on 15 July, 2013. “Aircraft ‘Salty Dog 501′ was launched to the ship on July 15 to collect additional shipboard landing […]

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X-47B makes first carrier trap

The US Navy made aviation history on 10 July when a NorthropGrumman X-47B unmanned combat air system-demonstrator aircraft made a first-everarrested landing onboard the aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush, which wassailing some 70 miles (113km) of the Virginia coast. The X-47B flew in from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, atabout mid-mid. Initially, the aircraft, […]

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X-47B touch and goes onboard USS George H W Bush

The Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air systemdemonstrator (UCAS-D) made its first touch and go onboard the aircraft carrierUSS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on 17 May. “This landing, rubber hitting deck, is extremely fulfillingfor the team and is the culmination of years of relative navigationdevelopment,” says Don Blottenberger, UCAS-D Deputy Program manager. “Now, weare […]

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The day of the unmanned aircraft.

Unmanned aircraft have been grabbing the headlines today. First, there is now a clearer picture available of what appears to be China’s first stealth UAV–but little more than that is really known, everything else is pure speculation. However, one industry source says that to his very experienced eyes, the aircraft is a genuine advance in […]

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X-47B makes its first trap on land

The US Navy’s Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System-Demonstrator (UCAS-D) made its first shore-based landing using a carrier’s arresting gear system on 4 May. This first trap is the beginning of a series of tests before the X-47B makes its way onto the boat later this month. “It moves us a critical step closer […]

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US Navy delays UCLASS draft RFP

The US Navy is delaying its Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft program. The draft request for proposals has been delayed until the first couple of months of 2013, possibly due to the program’s requirements being held up at the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. Read the full story here But the Navy still wants […]

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US Navy starts X-47B deck handling trials at sea onboard USS Harry S Truman

The US Navy has started deck-handling trials for the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat aircraft system demonstrator onboard the USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75). The Navy has released some high-resolution shots and video of the event. If everything works out as planned–testing on the ship and shore-based testing with catapults and arresting gear–the X-47B will […]

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X-47B loaded onto the USS Harry S Truman

The US Navy has loaded up the first Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator onto the USS Harry S Truman. The aircraft will be tested aboard the giant 100, 000 ton ship for about three weeks. Basically, it’ll be doing air-ship integration trials. The X-47B is slated to fly off the Truman next […]

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X-47B electromagnetic interference testing

The Naval Air Systems Command has released a new video explaining how the Naval Electromagnetic Radiation Facility (NERF) is testing the Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Aircraft System-Demonstrator for potential frequency interference.

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