U.S. Navy Launches First Unmanned X-47B Aircraft from Carrier Flight Deck
May 15, 2013 12:13 PM
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While X-47B is for non-operational use, its precision navigation algorithms will be used to create the first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft
The United States Navy launched an unmanned aircraft from a modern carrier flight deck for the first time ever Tuesday.
The unmanned aircraft was the
X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator
, and its first-ever launch from a modern aircraft carrier represents how manned and unmanned aircraft on carrier flight decks will be merged in the future.
A mission operator aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) controlled X-47B, showing off how well it works within a carrier environment. It landed back at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.
"This historic event challenges the paradigm of manned carrier landings that were first conducted more than 90 years ago," said Rear Adm. Mat Winter. "In that challenge though, comes a respect and admiration for all those naval aviators – past and present – that have ensured the value of the Navy aircraft carrier/carrier air wing team.
"The addition of unmanned aviation to this formidable, power projection team provides a complementary capability, which will ensure carrier naval aviation remains viable and relevant for decades to come. It also shows our collective readiness within naval aviation to embrace these future opportunities to move forward with unmanned carrier aviation.
"This is a big deal!"
While X-47B is for non-operational use, its precision navigation algorithms will be used to create the first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft.
That future aircraft is expected to feature "24/7 carrier-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and targeting capability" which will operate with manned aviation assets.
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RE: Carriers Are Obsolete!!!
5/17/2013 6:04:14 AM
How many times, post-WWII, have US aircraft carriers actually been shot at? (Rethorical.) ...Maybe that's more the reason that none have been lost. ;)
That carriers have proven invaluable in the past is undisputed; however that is not proof that they will continue to be so also in the future - which is changing constantly with development of new technology.
The military abandoned horses at one point, even though those too had previously been invaluable. Aircraft carriers will undoubtedly meet the same fate at some point, and only the rigid non-visionary will fail to acknowledge this inevitable fact.
RE: Carriers Are Obsolete!!!
5/19/2013 4:53:29 AM
The United States Navy constantly evolves technologically as well as strategically. As threats present themselves, countermeasures are made. Will the aircraft carrier become obsolete? Possibly. We have a long way to go before that happens. I can't see into the future, but I believe aircraft carriers will be around a good long time.
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