Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he would like to see the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program move forward soon, and he’d like to continue testing the X-47B Unmanned Carrier Air Vehicle demonstrator (UCAS-D) program in the mean time without giving an advantage to builder Northrop Grumman. Read More
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) wants to keep the Navy’s two X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators (UCAS-D) flying instead of sending the two unmanned vehicles to a museum or long term storage, according to a Thursday letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus obtained by USNI News. Read More
The following is an April 30, 2015 letter from Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus asking the Navy to consider additional testing for the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D). Read More
The Navy successfully tested autonomous aerial refueling for the first time with its Northrop Grumman X-47B test unmanned aerial vehicle on Wednesday, marking the end of the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Air Vehicle demonstrator (UCAS-D) program, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) told USNI News shortly after the aircraft landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Read More
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — There are no plans to extend the testing for its Unmanned Carrier Air Vehicle demonstrator (UCAS-D) program after this month’s planned autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) tests, Naval Air Systems Command officials said on Tuesday. Read More
A test to prove an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can be refueled in flight could happen by the end of this month, officials with Naval Air Systems Command told USNI News on Monday. Read More
The following is a March 24, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) chair Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). Read More
The U.S. Navy has a begun a second set of sea-trials for its Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System-Demonstrator (UCAS-D) aircraft onboard the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) about 60 nautical miles off the Virginia coast.
The following is a Oct. 17, 2013 letter from Secretary Ray Mabus to Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) in response to questions raised by members of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee on the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program. Read More
The U.S. Navy is realigning its carrier-based unmanned aircraft programs under one office at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), USNI News has learned.