LONDON - British defense research company QinetiQ reported last week that it had achieved the world's first automatic landing of a short takeoff, vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft on a ship. QinetiQ said in a statement that its experimental Vectored-thrust Aircraft Advanced Control (VAAC) Harrier successfully landed automatically on HMS Invincible as part of its contribution to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The JSF program is funding the "Autoland" project in tandem with the ...

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