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  • X-47B Gets Its Sea Legs
    Posted by Robert Wall 9:08 AM on Feb 17, 2010

    The U.S. Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator is virtually at sea for the first time even before the low-observable system makes its first flight due this year.

    The Navy and contractor Northrop Grumman have personnel from the UCAS-D program on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier for fit checks and integration in various ship subsystems.

    The Navy released this rendering of the excursion:

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    Later this year, an F/A-18 is supposed to be used as a UCAS-D surrogate to validate the approach sequence an X-47B would perform as it comes in for landing.

    Tags: ar99, X-47B, Navy, Northrop Grumman, UCAS

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