A version of this article appears in the August 25 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. A fifth set of at-sea trials for the X-47B is inching the U.S. Navy closer to integrating unmanned aircraft into its future carrier air wings, but continued delays to its multi-billion- dollar program to build a suitable unmanned aircraft for the role raises questions about when—and whether—that vision can be realized. The Navy executed its first-ever takeoff and landing of unmanned ...


"Navy Weighs UCAS Needs As X-47B Testing Advances" is part of the new Aviation Week & Space Technology subscription, now available online and in our newly launched mobile app.


Current Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine subscribers: online and mobile access are now included at no added charge to you. To read this full article, use your subscriber email to log in to your account (or contact us for assistance in updating your account).



Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to http://awin.aviationweek.com for access.



Not currently a subscriber? Subscribe NOW to our introductory launch special (up to 40% off regular rates), available exclusively at Aviationweek.com. Simply click below to choose your preferred option to receive immediate online and mobile access.


Already registered? here.