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For the first time, the US Navy will launch a combat drone from an aircraft carrier

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For the first time, the US Navy will launch a combat drone from an aircraft carrierThe United States for the first time will test a prototype of a heavy combat X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle with launch from an aircraft carrier, according to a press release from the country's Navy information service.

For testing, the drone was delivered on board the aircraft carrier "Harry Truman", which is based on the "Norfolk" off the coast of Virginia.

The X-47B combat aircraft has a wingspan of more than 19 meters, which exceeds the size of the Super Hornet F / A-18 fighter jets, which are in service with the US Navy.

The press release says that during each test flight a man will be driven by a special portable remote control with a display.

“This is a very important point for the X-47B. The moment the aircraft touched the side of the Harry Truman became its official affiliation with the fleet"- said the head of the program for the development of combat drone Jaime Engdahl.

“The delivery of the X-47B on board the aircraft carrier is an important milestone in our program. We have been testing the drone over the past few years, and we are so excited that we finally brought it to the ship,” said test manager Kevin Watkins.

According to him, if the X-47B tests are successful, it will prove that "unmanned aerial vehicles have a great future." As expected, the test drone aboard the "Harry Truman" will last three weeks, - reports "Interfax".
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  1. predator.3
    predator.3 28 November 2012 09: 57
    +6
    The first flight of the X-47B was made on February 4, 2011. According to the US Navy, the device took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on February 4 at about 14:00 pm local time. During the first flight, which lasted 29 minutes, the new deck-mounted drone rose to an altitude of 5 thousand feet (about 1,5 kilometers) with the landing gear extended. The tests were successful, the maneuvers performed by the X-47B during the first flight "met standards."

    During a test flight on July 2, 2011, an F / A-18 Hornet fighter landed on the deck of the Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) aircraft carrier in fully automatic mode using flight control software designed for the X-47B UAV
  2. White
    White 28 November 2012 09: 59
    +8
    News without pictures is not news, we correct


  3. Igor
    Igor 28 November 2012 10: 14
    +9
    Two hundred years ago, the historian Karamzin visited France. Russian emigrants asked him:
    - What, in a nutshell, is happening at home?
    Karamzin didn’t need two words.
    “They steal,” answered Karamzin ...

    Unfortunately, little has changed in Russia over 200 years.
    1. 755962
      755962 28 November 2012 13: 17
      +4
      The Russian government has long learned that it is easiest to borrow money from the poor. Poor money, of course, does not have much. But then the poor themselves to hell.
  4. old rocket man
    old rocket man 28 November 2012 10: 15
    +3
    Yes, this is a serious thing, steeper than the Tomahawk, it increases the efficiency of an aircraft carrier at times, if, of course, they are adopted.
    But most likely they will
    1. Igor
      Igor 28 November 2012 10: 31
      0
      Such a pepelats can probably be carried on a helicopter carrier.
      1. Thunderbolt
        Thunderbolt 28 November 2012 14: 11
        0
        yes. Will fly from an aircraft carrier to a docking ship, for example
    2. Col.
      Col. 28 November 2012 12: 57
      0
      Quote: Old Rocketman
      Yes, a serious thing, cooler "Tomahawk

      What is cooler? These are completely different things and cannot be compared. By the way, ours also "bungled" something, more modest, of course, but still ... Details here: http://army-news.ru/2011/07/bpla-gorizont-dlya-vmf-rossii/
      1. Thunderbolt
        Thunderbolt 28 November 2012 13: 12
        +1
        I know about our version of the flying wing instantly skat. Unfortunately the project is closed (.
        1. patsantre
          patsantre 28 November 2012 13: 29
          0
          Yes, it’s a pity, the thing is very interesting, it’s strange why they closed it ... they would have updated everything that is needed, brought to the level ... though the ramp is not for aircraft carriers, but still.
          1. Thunderbolt
            Thunderbolt 28 November 2012 14: 01
            0
            just to do - there will be an apparatus, but no more. and Americans are developing a whole program of SkyNet
      2. iwind
        iwind 28 November 2012 13: 25
        +3
        But he (Horizon) is not ours at all, but Austrian. Schiebel Elektronische Gerate GmbH and is called the Camcopter S-100
      3. Igor
        Igor 28 November 2012 13: 26
        +3
        Quote: Colonel
        What is cooler? These are completely different things and cannot be compared. By the way, ours also "bungled" something, more modest, of course, but still ... Details here: http://army-news.ru/2011/07/bpla-gorizont-dlya-vmf-rossii/


        It is as "domestic" as the "Lynx" armored vehicle.
      4. r0d0vest
        r0d0vest 28 November 2012 17: 07
        0
        he is only reconnaissance :(
        although the same office is developing shock
  5. bremest
    bremest 28 November 2012 11: 04
    0
    This is a big threat. We should hurry with the strengthening of air defense. Given the fact that we still do not have normal ground-based drones, but in Yusk they already created for an aircraft carrier ..... That's what that guy thought when he appointed Serdyukov-taburetkin to the post of Defense Ministry ???
  6. afire
    afire 28 November 2012 11: 06
    +1
    You know, looking at the frames, you get a feeling of abandonment.
    As if betrayed by family. On whom I could not think ....
    Traitors to the wall. Over the hill? -Find and kill!
    Enough to stand on ceremony !!! - the country will perish from them !!!
    only no one hears ... - after all, we don’t have 37 ... recourse
    ...
    ...
    ...
    - but no one canceled the pitchfork!
  7. iwind
    iwind 28 November 2012 12: 28
    0
    yeah . . And some 15 years ago I read this only in science fiction.
    It is hoped that all these drones and drones. is a dead end branch of aviation evolution. Otherwise, it’s not at all joyful.
  8. dirty trick
    dirty trick 28 November 2012 12: 45
    +1
    The United States for the first time will test a prototype of a heavy combat X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle with launch from an aircraft carrier, according to a press release from the country's Navy information service.

    yes Schaub Vin Nae .... lsa in the first flight
    1. strannik595
      strannik595 28 November 2012 13: 45
      +3
      nі, not so, shchob we have more beautiful and stronger buv, all for evil thieves drinks
  9. I. Brovkin
    I. Brovkin 28 November 2012 18: 24
    +1
    yes Schaub Vin Nae .... lsa in the first flight

    But this is correct. There is no need for the enemy to wish for good.