X-47B op­er­ates aboard Theodore Roo­sevelt


The X-47B un­manned com­bat air sys­tem demon­stra­tor (UCAS-D) con­ducted flight op­er­a­tions aboard the air­craft car­rier USS Theodore Roo­sevelt (CVN 71) re­cently. The event, the most-re­cent in a se­ries of car­rier-based tests, demon­strated the in­te­gra­tion of the lat­est in naval avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy with the most ad­vanced and ca­pa­ble car­rier.

“It is a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for the ‘Big Stick’ to be a part of the de­vel­op­ment and test­ing of the fu­ture of Naval Avi­a­tion,” said Cap­tain Daniel Grieco, Theodore Roo­sevelt’s Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer. The UCAS is an im­pres­sive sys­tem that gives us all a glimpse into the sup­port and strike ca­pa­bil­i­ties we can ex­pect to join the fleet in the years to come. The tac­ti­cal and sup­port pos­si­bil­i­ties for such plat­forms are end­less, and I know the crew of TR is proud to be able to be a part of that de­vel­op­ment.”

A ma­jor ob­jec­tive for the UCAS-D pro­gramme is to demon­strate a digi­tised car­rier con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment to al­low for ro­bust com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween the air­craft and all car­rier per­son­nel in­volved with launch­ing, re­cov­er­ing and con­trol­ling the air­craft. A digi­tised car­rier en­vi­ron­ment will ul­ti­mately in­crease flex­i­bil­ity and im­prove safety.

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