2007-08-05 - X-47B für US NavyNorthrop Grumman X-47B selected for UCAS-D
Neues unbemanntes Fluggerät für Flugzeugträger-Tests<br /> The Department of Navy announced that Northrop Grumman, Integrated Systems Western Region, San Diego, Calif., has been selected to provide the Navy Unmanned Combat Air Systems Technical Demonstration.
This $635.8 Million Cost Plus Incentive Fee contract will launch a technical effort to demonstrate the aircraft carrier suitability of an autonomous low-observable unmanned air vehicle, as well as demonstrate critical aircraft carrier suitability technologies in a relevant environment.
Specifically, the effort, which is scheduled to conclude in 2013, will involve shipboard operation, including catapult takeoffs, arrested landings and flight in the immediate vicinity of an aircraft carrier. The air vehicle will not carry weapons. Specific products of the effort, referred to as "UCAS-D," are expected to include flight test data, test reports, trade studies, simulation, and detailed engineering analyses to enable future developmental efforts, according to Brasel. The contractor-provided system will be comprised of two unmanned, low-observable air vehicles, two mission control segments, and a support segment. The system will be capable of autonomous launch, recovery and operations in the Carrier Control Area. Flight testing is scheduled to begin in late 2009 and culminate with carrier flight operations in 2013.