Tuesday, May 17, 2016

U S Navy X 47B UCAV's Land Based Flight Test Before Carrier Test Flight

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The Northrop Grumman X-47B  is a technology demonstrator unmanned combat air vehicle designed for aircraft carrier-based operations. Its been developed by the Northrop Grumman. The X-47 program began as part of DARPA's J-UCAS program, and U.S. Navy integrated it as it's Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration program. 

The X-47B is a fyling-wing body aircraft powered by 1 Pratt & Whitney F100-220U turbofan engine capable of semi-autonomous operation & aerial refuelling.

In 2011 X-47B first flew, and then in 2015. There are two active demonstrators have undergone extensive flight & operational integration testing. This prestigious bird successfully performed a series of land & carrier-based flight demonstrations In August 2014. US Navy had integrated the X-47B into carrier operations alongside manned aircraft and by May 2015 the aircraft's primary test program was declared complete, had been announced by the Navy.

Northrop Grumman intends to develop the prototype X-47B into a battlefield-ready aircraft, the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike system or UCLASS, which will enter service in the 2020s.

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