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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.

Source: Navy Live



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RE: Carriers Are Obsolete!!!
By CubicleDilbert on 5/20/2013 4:45:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, dream on...
Carriers are only worth their huge costs while enemies have no means to defeat them. Your assumption of a 250 miles radius of protection is... just an assumption.

Russian Uboats have trailed and successfully shadowed US carriers many times. Even in Nato exercises the German Uboats successfully infiltrated the protection zone.

Anyway, a US general was fired because the protection shield did not work when a German Uboat suddenly a emerged just side by side to USS Enterprise.
Rumor has it that the Germans immediately opened the hatch and blasted Bavarian "Ooomphtata" music to the US soldiers. The accompanying US commander on board the German vessel was deeply shocked by the way. :-D

And the newest German Uboats launched this month are even 10x better than the old ones.

Same with missiles. Why did the US suddenly turn their carriers around and out of the Persian Gulf at the moment the Iranian had modern anti-ship missiles?
Sure, the carriers needed to be refuelled at home. ;-)


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