Museum exhibits or risk-reducers? That is the choice facing the U.S. Navy as it decides what to do with its two Northrop Grumman X-47Bs now that the planned unmanned combat air system demonstration (UCAS-D) program is complete. And the conundrum: Continuing to fly the aircraft risks unbalancing the competition for the follow-on Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (Uclass) system. Given the controversy already surrounding the Uclass program, the Navy probably would ...


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