A version of this article appears in the August 25 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. A fifth set of at-sea trials for the X-47B is inching the U.S. Navy closer to integrating unmanned aircraft into its future carrier air wings, but continued delays to its multi-billion- dollar program to build a suitable unmanned aircraft for the role raises questions about when—and whether—that vision can be realized. The Navy executed its first-ever takeoff and landing of unmanned ...


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