U.S. Navy Drone Makes Historic Carrier Landing [VIDEO]

For the first time in history an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, has completed an arrested landing on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. The landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) took place July 10 on board the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia, the Navy says. The demonstration was the first time a tailless, unmanned … [Read more...]

Unmanned X-47B Completes First Carrier-Based Launch [PHOTOS]

While not many of us were noticing, the U.S. Navy was off the coast of Virginia on Tuesday, changing the game of naval aviation forever.  The X-47B is a demonstration platform that first flew on February 4th, 2011.  On Tuesday, the unmanned aircraft was successfully launched from the USS George W. Bush and landed at Patuxent River, Maryland after performing several … [Read more...]

A Glance at the Near Future of Naval UAVs

(Reuters) - The Navy plans to carry out the first catapult takeoff of its new X-47B unmanned plane from an aircraft carrier next month and other shipboard tests despite mandatory budget cuts this year, according to the admiral who runs the programs. Rear Admiral Mathias Winter, program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons, said Northrop Grumman Corp's … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Testing Carrier-Based Unmanned Aircraft

As China starts landing jets on its first aircraft carrier, the U.S. Navy is preparing to test take offs and landings of carrier-based unmanned aircraft, a first for the Navy. Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) loaded a Northrop Grummen X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator that arrived by barge Nov. 26 from Naval Air Station Patuxent … [Read more...]

Navy Anti-Piracy Drones Grounded After “Unrelated Mishaps”

The U.S. Navy said today that it is grounding its anti-piracy fleet of helicopter drones following two recent but "unrelated operational mishaps”. According to the a statement, both incidents in question involved MQ-8B Fire Scout, an autonomous and unmanned helicopter drone used by the U.S. armed forces. On March 30, a MQ-8B Fire Scout operating off the USS Simpson, … [Read more...]