US Navy car­ri­ers pre­pare for X-47B ar­rival next year


The Navy is one year away from land­ing its first un­manned jet air­craft aboard a car­rier af­ter com­plet­ing the most re­cent round of sur­ro­gate tests aboard USS Harry S. Tru­man (CVN 75). In early July, mem­bers from the un­manned com­bat air sys­tem demon­stra­tion (UCAS-D) car­rier in­te­gra­tion team en­gaged in ex­ten­sive soft­ware test­ing aboard Tru­man to val­i­date the con­cept of au­ton­o­mous UAV op­er­a­tions around an air­craft car­rier and pre­pare for the X-47B un­manned air­craft’s ar­rival on a car­rier next year.

“Demon­strat­ing our con­cept of op­er­a­tions and mak­ing sure the Car­rier Seg­ment is per­form­ing as ad­ver­tised is a huge mile­stone for the pro­gramme,” said Capt. Jaime Eng­dahl, Navy UCAS Pro­gramme Man­ager. “The crew, equip­ment, and pro­gramme team per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well dur­ing all planned test events and the Harry S. Tru­man is ready for our next phase of X-47B test­ing.”

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