Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy successfully finished a series of tests decked layout shock UAV X-47B UCAS (Unmanned Combat Air System) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).
Tests conducted from November 27 to December 17, exhibited the ability to shock the unit scheme «tailless» the size of a fighter to move swiftly and accurately on the flight deck using the wireless handheld controller. They are the latest in a series of tests that will lead to the first landing of X-47B on an aircraft carrier, scheduled for 2013.
«Deck X-47B tests impressively substantiated that its design and operation of one hundred percent compatible with the operational requirements of the aircraft carrier,» said Mike McKee (Mike Mackey), director of programs from UCAS-D Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. «They gave a powerful impetus to the conviction of the first landing on an aircraft carrier in the next year.»
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor applets UCAS-Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) U.S. Navy. The company has developed and made two models of X-47B. One unit is on the ship, the other remains at aviastantsii Patuxent River, where it passes the tests to simulate the landing and takeoff on an aircraft carrier.
In 2013, at the Patuxent River is scheduled to begin tests on landing the X-47B using the rope arresting gear. Aircraft carrier tests that will include landing and catapult launch, scheduled in late spring.