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US Navy Drone Makes First Aircraft Carrier Landing

Posted By admin On July 11, 2013 @ 5:31 am In World News | Comments Disabled

RIA Novosti [1]
July 11, 2013

X-47B, an experimental bat-winged unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the US Navy, performed the first-ever arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier on Wednesday.

The US Navy said in a statement that the X-47B, built by Northrop Grumman Corp., landed on the moving flight of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia. It was the first time a tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft landed on a modern aircraft carrier.

“By evolving and integrating new technology like the X-47B and the unmanned aircraft to follow, carriers will remain relevant throughout their 50-year lifespan,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said.

During the testing, the X-47B completed the 35-minute transit from Pax River to the carrier and caught the arresting wire. The arrested landing effectively brought the aircraft from approximately 145 knots to stop in less than 350 feet.

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