X-47B Future USN UACS Flies!!... video..

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  1. siegecrossbow
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    Don't ever ever ever ever bother reading the comments on youtube! Sometimes I wish I had a censor comments option.

    Any idea when they are going to test the plane on a carrier?
     
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    OT but

    That is what happens when Youtube doesnt have it's own BDPop (not any moderation there I think. User moderated at best - ex. flag as spam).
    Maybe you should send in your resume and go ban-hammah-happy mode.

    But siege is right. There should be an ignore comment section option in the account settings. I know posters of videos can disable the comment option.
     
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    Contract calls for it to be flight tested on a carrier by 2013. Hopefully that means before 2013 as in the 2012 time frame. I expect if land based flight testing continues without too severe problems, we will see it in that time frame.
     
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    Thank you! I did not know about that setting... I'll give it a go! Thanks again.

    I'd like to know will Naval aviators(officers) be piloting this aircraft? Or shall enlisted? I know in the USAF officers pilot their UAVs..
     
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    Hard to say Popeye. As it will be used as an attack aircraft, I would think they would be officers with that experience...and ultimately the specific training and background to operate them. It's an interesting question because the physical skill set will not be the same in terms of physical stamina requirements to actually fly them, though the intelligence, situational awareness, etc. will be.

    it also raises other questions that will have to be worked out abd covering policy and procedures developed.

    For example, you know, though our preadtor drones are serviced (fueled, maintained, etc.) in theater,the flying is done sometimes all the way back here stateside, depending on the mission. But a lot of it is done via satellite coms, though they have to maintain an in theater capability.

    So, will these be flown by guys sitting down in air ops on the carrier? or will they be flown by people sitting back on land, stateside or elsewhere?

    Clearly the maintenance, arming, fueling, take-off and landing will occur on the carrier.
     
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    All I have to say is.....


    ITS ALL FAKE !! ITS ALL PHOTOSHOP !!


    NICE CG YANKY FANBOIZ !!!


    :D




    On another note, I am curious, why are all the next generation UCAV all "shaping up" (no pun intended) to be almost identical?



    X-47B
    [​IMG]


    MiG Skat
    [​IMG]


    Dassault nEUROn
    [​IMG]


    BAE Taranis
    [​IMG]




    It just seems everyone is using the same B-2 stealth shaping as template.

    Which raise the question, why are they all design similarly? I would expect each country would have completely different strategic outlook / mission requirements unique for its own need. From the look of these current batch of designs, they all seem to fit the same mission requirements - more of a "bomber" / missile launching platform than a fighter/interceptor that is capable of dogfight.


    There is something I am certain though... when China does come up with a UCAV with similar design, everyone will cry foul though ;)




    Well, 40 pages of mostly China bashing!


    :D
     
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    Asymptote, we have a thread all about UAVs that has been inactive for some time. Can't find it..

    And there's not 40 pages of China bashing in the J-20. If there was I'd close the thread.
     
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    From what I have read in open sources, one F-35 will control four of these X-47's in a flight, and they will be used for DEAD, Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses, using things like AARGM and JDAM against air defense radars and missile sites. It is a very different CONOPS than that used with land based UAV's. By the way, air defense radars and missile sites can mean enemy air defense ships. HARM was designed to take out Soviet Navy radars as much as land based radars.
    We already have the ability to bring manned aircraft to the round down hands off in bad weather, so bringing them to a full stop shouldn't be impossible. There will be plenty of shore based FCLPs to validate the control system before they go to the boat.
     
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    RQ-170 is a flying wing but it isn't to anyone's knowledge a bomber?

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_MpnA9si4GMs/TUBPofDE2GI/AAAAAAAAIcc/5pGNxvBZ6TU/s1600/RQ-170+3.jpg
     
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    Northrop Grumman has now actually made a music video of that first flight. And a great one really. Now that's some great communication strategy. :)

    [video=youtube;UIq5dT7D_ic]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIq5dT7D_ic[/video]
     
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