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Artist rendering of the X-47B in combat  (Source: Northrop Grumman)

  (Source: Northrop Grumman)

  (Source: Northrop Grumman)
Northtrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy will fly the X-47B in late 2009

The U.S. military is furthering its funding of unmanned vehicles for combat. Just last week, DailyTech reported on the U.S. Army's new SWORDS unmanned robots which roam the Iraqi battlefield carrying M249 machines guns -- and in turn put human soldiers out of harm's way. The military's latest unmanned project leaves the desert behind in order to take to the skies.

The U.S. Navy on Friday awarded Northrop Grumman a six-year, $635.8 million USD contract to further develop the X-47B fixed-wing unmanned air system (UAS). The funding for the Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) program will allow Northrop Grumman to conduct take-offs and landings from the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

"We are proud of our legacy of innovation and creativity in developing new combat capabilities and are pleased to be selected to lead this revolutionary advancement in unmanned systems capabilities," said Northrop Grumman's Scott Seymour.

"The UCAS-D award is the culmination of several years of effort with the Navy to show the benefit of melding the capabilities of a survivable, persistent, long-range UCAS with those of the aircraft carrier," continued Northrop Grumman's Gary Ervin. "The UCAS-D program will reduce the risk of eventual integration of unmanned air systems into carrier environments."

Northrop Grumman will build two X47-B aircraft for the U.S. Navy -- the first of which will take flight during the closing months of 2009. The company expects to begin the first carrier landings in 2011.

The X-47B, a sister-ship to the X-47A, has a cruising altitude of 40,000+ feet and a combat radius of 1,500 nautical miles. The stealthy vehicle can carry an internal payload of 4,500 pounds and can travel at high subsonic speeds.



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RE: And then SkyNet
By FITCamaro on 8/6/2007 6:06:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I realize it is far more complex than I am stating.

And you said it yourself. It requires building a model. Then it has to "occur" or be run on a computer. Eventually the models will be made and perfected and the computers will be fast enough to handle them in real time much like the brain.

It's all just a matter of time and people far more intelligent than I am to figure it all out.

You're focusing on the present. I'm looking to the future. I don't doubt the capabilities of mankind one bit. Mankind has shown over and over than where theres a will theres a way. Its just a matter of expending the effort to do it. And scientists and researchers are.

100 years ago if you told someone that you could talk to someone via a video conference in real time they'd put you in an asylum. Who's to say what'll happen in the next 100 years. Technology has exploded in the past 40 years. Give it another 40 and see where we are.


"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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