Northrop Grumman's X-47B unmanned combat aircraft system demonstrator was hoisted aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Truman at NAS Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 26 ,to begin several weeks of deck handling trials, both in port and underway. The trials with Air Vehicle 2 (AV-2) are a precursor to autonomous carrier takeoffs and landings planned for 2013. Tests of the wireless hand controller used to maneuver the unmanned aircraft on deck have been conducted at NAS Patuxent River, Md., where ...
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