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Navy's 'UFO-Like' Stealth Drone

From: Michael M. Hughes <michaelmhughes.nul>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:09:56 -0400
Archived: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 08:25:55 -0400
Subject: Navy's 'UFO-Like' Stealth Drone

You really need to check out the photo:


Source: Fox News.Com


October 11, 2011

US Navy's 'UFO-Like' Stealth Drone Takes Flight

The U.S. Navy reached a new milestone for a futuristic new
stealth drone when it successfully retracted its landing gear
and flew in cruise configuration for the first time, engineers
announced Tuesday.

Developed by Northrop Grumman, the X-47B is a tailless, strike
fighter-sized unmanned aircraft designed to take off from and
land on moving aircraft carriers at sea. New images released
today depict a futuristic, almost UFO-like vehicle.

The test flight, conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, helped
validate hardware and software that would enable the X-47B to
land with precision on a moving deck, the company said.

"Last week's flight gave us our first clean look at the
aerodynamic cruise performance of the X-47B air system =85 and it
is proving out all of our predictions," said Janis Pamiljans,
vice president and Navy UCAS (Unmanned Combat Air System
Carrier) program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace
Systems division.

"Reaching this critical test point demonstrates the growing
maturity of the air system, and its readiness to move to the
next phase of flight testing."

The aircraft is part of the U.S. Navy=92s growing fleet of drones
as the military looks to shift away from manned aircraft.

Northrop Grumman hopes to have successfully demonstrated the
first carrier-based launch by 2013 with autonomous in-air
refueling coming one year later.

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