RAF FAIRFORD — Completion of initial operational test and evaluation and the subsequent full-rate production decision for the U.S. Navy’s RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft is on hold due to ship availability. A tranche of sea trials were set for this month but cut short as the USS New York, a San Antonio class amphibious dock ship, was called away for duty, says Mike Kurth, who oversees Boeing’s unmanned systems business. The second IOT&E (initial operational test ...

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