As adversaries develop sophisticated capabilities that force U.S. aircraft carriers to operate farther from enemy shores, the U.S. Navy is taking steps to field a carrier-launched unmanned tanker that will extend the range of the carrier air wing. The service has been working on a concept of operations for its first carrier-based UAV for years, but the notional platform has gone through several vastly different iterations. What began as a surveillance and strike UAV was eventually retooled ...


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