X-47B drone avoids mothballs, will undergo further testing

The Naval Air Systems Command will continue flight testing of the X-47B drone into fiscal 2014, according to a report by the U.S. Naval Institute.

The stealthy UAS completed its first successful arrested landing aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on July 10. It was the first time a tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft landed on a modern aircraft carrier, marking a milestone for the U.S. Navy.

Two completed flights were followed by two failed landings on July 10 and July 15 due to software malfunctions. Rather than donating the X-47B as museum pieces, as expected, Naval Air Systems Command has reportedly decided to proceed with additional testing. The nature and duration of the new round of tests has not been disclosed. 

Reader Comments

Mon, Aug 19, 2013 Gary Baker Fort Meade

When you consider the costly failures of the F35 why would anyone believe that the military would mothball the X-47B after just two failed landings?

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