Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Manned and Unmanned Systems: Expanding Integration
X-47B UAS taking off from a carrier in the Eastern Atlantic. Photo: Northrop Grumman
[Avionics Today 08-19-2014] Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy made history this weekend by operating manned and unmanned carrier aircraft in the same controlled landing pattern at the same time. At sea in the Eastern Atlantic, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) — using an X-47B Unmanned Air System (UCAS) — and an F/A-18 Hornet took part in a set of cooperative flights from the aircraft carrier. These flights offered Northrop Grumman and the Navy an opportunity to collect data that will help reduce risks associated with integrating unmanned aircraft with conventional manned carrier operations.