U.S. Navy Moves Ahead with Carrier Drone Project
August 19, 2013 9:55 AM
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Navy awards four contracts to develop carrier drone aircraft
The U.S. Navy has announced that it has awarded four development contracts for developing designs to compete for the Unmanned Carrier Launch Airborne Surveillance and Strike Air Vehicle, aka UCLASS.
Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautics Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman were awarded contracts of $15 million each. The contract announcement says that the preliminary design review assessment is designed to support a UCLASS system able "to enhance aircraft carrier/air wing operations by providing a responsive, world-wide presence via an organic, sea-based unmanned aerial system, with persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting, and strike capabilities."
The X-47B makes its first carrier landing
Naval Air Systems command officials have stated that the competition for the final airframe design is expected to begin sometime after January 2014. UCLASS will be an operational jet aircraft with mission of carrying out persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. The aircraft will also be able to engage in strike missions at ranges of up to 2,000 nautical miles.
The United States Navy has been working with carrier-based drone aircraft for quite some time in the form of Northrop Grumman’s X-47B. The X-47B made its
first carrier landing
back in July 2013 aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. The demonstration was the first time an unmanned autonomous aircraft landed on a U.S. carrier.
The X-47B program has already produced two test aircraft with the first carrier launch having occurred on May 14, 2014. The landing in July completed the test program requirements.
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RE: Tales of future past
8/19/2013 2:27:34 PM
They can take off from a regular airfield and land on a carrier and get a heli to airlift it back.
Taking off from a carrier might require both modifications of the catapult system and designing a linking system on the UAV to match. Modern fighter jets are much heavier and have higher stall speeds then these wide-winged UAVs, so I can't imagine taking off being a problem once accommodations are in place. Even the landing is probably no more than a testing of the remote control system, again due to the low stall speed.
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