Details about stealth, new missions such as air-to-air refueling and some unexpected benefits of a combat aircraft without a pilot are beginning to seep out around the edges of Northrop Grumman discussions of their new U.S. Navy contract to land an unmanned combat aircraft on a carrier deck by late 2011. Despite protestations by company officials that they only wanted to talk about the $635.8-million, six-year project to demonstrate launches and recoveries at sea, they soon turned to the ...


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