Boeing's X-45A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) released an inert Global Positioning System-guided Small Smart Bomb April 18, successfully hitting a ground target at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Range at China Lake, Calif. After taking off from Edwards Air Force Base and flying to the test range, the X-45A dropped the guided 250-pound weapon from its internal weapons bay at 35,000 feet and Mach 0.67 (442 mph). The aircraft autonomously performed all aerodynamic maneuvers, ...

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