Navy makes progress on unmanned aerial refueling capability

The Navy is testing an aerial refueling system designed to significantly increase the range of carrier-based unmanned aircraft, the Naval Air Systems Command said.

Through the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration program, the Navy and contractor Northrop Grumman have been working on autonomous aerial refueling technologies tailored for unmanned aircraft, the command said. 

The Navy and contractor completed a series of flight tests in January as the latest step toward demonstrating the unmanned aerial refueling concept, the command said. The tests employed surrogate aircraft equipped with X-47B software and hardware and an Omega K-707 tanker.



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