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10 décembre 2014 3 10 /12 /décembre /2014 17:20
X-47B May Begin Automated Aerial Refueling Demonstrations Next Year

 

08.12.2014 By Valerie Insinna - nationaldefensemagazine.org

 

The Navy’s carrier-based unmanned aircraft demonstrator is undergoing preparations for automated aerial refueling testing next year, including a possible flight demonstration using the aircraft itself, said officials from the service and X-47B manufacturer Northrop Grumman.

Thusfar, the Navy had used a surrogate aircraft for AAR testing.

The service in June 2014 awarded a contract modification to Northrop Grumman for aerial refueling research, development, test and evaluation efforts at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, Capt. Beau Duarte, the Navy’s X-47B program manager, wrote in an emailed statement.

 

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