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X-47B completes carrier tests

Nov. 21, 2013 - 03:54PM   |  
The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator conducts an arrested landing Nov. 9 aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.
The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator conducts an arrested landing Nov. 9 aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. (MCSN Anthony N. Hilkowski/Navy)
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The U.S. Navy has finished another round of carrier tests for the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator. The UAV demonstrated deck handling, carrier landings in high winds, and control systems.

“The X-47 was tested in winds of higher magnitude and differing directions than seen in previous detachments,” Capt. Beau Duarte, program manager for unmanned carrier aviation, said in a Naval Air Systems Command statement. “This resulted in more stimulus provided to the aircraft’s guidance and control algorithms and a more robust verification of its GPS autoland capability.”

The tests, which took place Nov. 9-19, also marked first time two X-47Bs operated at sea at the same time. While one UAV operated around the carrier Theodore Roosevelt, another conducted flights between ship and shore.

The Navy will continue testing of the X-47B through fiscal 2014.

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