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X-47B UCAS-D Begins Deck Handling Trials

Northrop Grumman’s X-47B unmanned combat aircraft system demonstrator (UCAS-D) is about to begin ground maneuver trials at NAS Patuxtent River, Md., to evaluate deck handling procedures as it moves toward a landing on an aircraft carrier in 2013.

Senate Panel Approves Defense Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $604.5 billion defense bill that was practically obsolete even before it was passed. “You don’t see me smiling,” said committee Chairman Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) after the bill’s Aug. 2 markup.

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