The X-47B UCAS arrives onboard the USS Truman, the first modern aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft (Photo: U.S. Navy MC3 Lorenzo J. Burleson)
The relative size of the X-47B to manned fighters (Photo: U.S. Navy MC3 Kristina Young)
The X-47B unmanned aircraft negotiates the USS Truman's flight deck (Photo: U.S. Navy MC2 David R. Finley Jr)
Smooth moves: the X-47B UAV moves with all the precision required aboard an aircraft carrier
An operator (foreground) uses a wireless arm-mounted control display unit to command the X-47B UAV as it taxis aboard the USS Truman aircraft carrier
Northrop Grumman has delivered two X-47B Unmanned Combat Aircraft Systems (UCAS) to the US Navy, which has begun three weeks of tests aboard the USS Truman – the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. The X-47B is based on the Pegasus X-47A (originally designed in 2001) but features improved landing gear and folding wings for work aboard carriers.
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