X-47B testing on USS Truman
The unmanned X-47B has undergone testing with the US Navy, and especially on board the carrier USS Truman. This will go on for the next 3 weeks. USS Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. The X-47B features improved landing gear and folding wings for work aboard carriers. Currently the Navy is testing how the stealth aircraft taxis aboard the carrier. The X-47B’s flight control system is autonomous, but ground maneuvers are controlled remotely under the watchful eye of an operator using an arm-mounted control display unit (CDU). One official said the fighter could be launched from the ship’s catapult if the conditions were right, but for the time being they need to see how it handles in a crowded space tangled with arresting gear wires, elevators, and catapult connections. And the first tests have proven successful. The X-47B is quite a big piece of equipment that compares easily to a F/A-18 Hornett as demonstrates the picture. Being able to launch an attack drone or unmanned aircraft from a carrier is strategic to accessing remote conflict areas.