The flight of Northrop Grumman’s latest “child prodigy”, X-47B unmanned drone, was first recorded in September. You can view the video below.
It was announced on August 9, 2012 that by 2014 X47-B drone will be refueled in flight by Global Hawks which would serve as refueling tankers.
This is a huge accomplishment for two reasons. One, is that will allow the X-47B to remain in flight well beyond 3,000 nautical miles — 10 times the ability of a traditional manned fighter. Second, is that the entire process will be conducted with no pilot at all.
This will also mean that U.S. aircraft carries will be able to stay outside the range of reach of most ballistic missiles and submarines currently in existence.
The trials will be conducted aboard USS George Washington in 2013.
Here are a few details on X-47B drone.
You can learn more about UAS/UAV by attending one of ATI’s courses below.
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