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X-47B UCAS — the world we will soon wake to?

9 September 2014

X-47B UCAS — the world we will soon wake to?

UCAS ≡ Unmanned Combat Air System

Drones of all sizes, many armed, are standard in the world’s modern military forces. Many of these drones can be programmed to follow a predetermined flight path and will obediently switch sensors on and off as scheduled. Lethal drones are flown remotely with distance between the aircraft and operator hardly of any relevance. But UCAS is different, it is an evolution which may become revolution since, depending upon the mission and load-out, the UCAS aircraft will be assigned an area to patrol, loiter or recce — attacking or investigating as its programming determines with no human input in the decision making during the flight.

The X-47B is a demonstration aircraft and recently flew in coordination with an F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) under taxi aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec Seaman App Alex Millar

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) under remote (not autonomous) taxi aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (it has folding wings characteristic of carrier based aircraft) — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec Seaman App Alex Millar

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) re being readied for launch with an F/A-18 Hornet to conduct combined operations from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) being readied for launch with an F/A-18 Hornet to conduct combined operations from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) where the X-47B can be appreciated — U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter

X-47B performing a flyby alongside the USS Theodore Roosevelt — U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter

X-47B performing a flyby alongside the USS Theodore Roosevelt — U.S. Navy photo by Liz Wolter

X-47B autonomously trapping aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec Seaman Alex Millar

X-47B autonomously trapping aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec Seaman Alex Millar

 

 

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  1. 10 September 2014 07:48

    When someone writes an piece of writing he/she keeps the thought of a user in his/her mind that how a user can understand it. So thats why this post is outstdanding. Thanks!

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