World's First Stealth Drone Fighter Jet in Action

FIRST DRONE FIGHTER JET IN THE WORLD – Northrop Grumman’s X-47B Unmanned Aerial Vehicle The X-47B is an unmanned combat air system carrier (UCAS) is being developed by Northrop Grumman for the US Navy (USN). The strike fighter size unmanned aircraft is currently in its demonstration phase. The unmanned aircraft was first developed as part of the X-47 program. Air worthiness of the X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator was developed at an estimated cost of $813m.

The aircraft performed a successful initial test flight at Patuxent River, Maryland, US, in July 2012. The X-47B is expected to enter active naval service by 2019. Development history of the UCAS-D “The X-47B UCAS was developed by the US Navy as part of the unmanned combat air system carrier demonstration (UCAS-D) program.” The X-47B UCAS was developed by the US Navy as part of the unmanned combat air system carrier demonstration (UCAS-D) program.

The program aims to develop and demonstrate which fighter sized tailless unmanned aircraft can be deployed from US Navy aircraft carriers. The X-47B is a variant of Pegasus X-47A, which was developed as a joint USAF and USN program, called J-UCAS, in 2001. The program was funded by the DARPA with Northrop Grumman as the main contractor. In February 2006, however, the UCAS development program was cancelled for separate UAV development programs by both the defense forces.

Development of the X-47B, which had started in June 2005, was temporarily halted following the cancellation. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) contracted Northrop Grumman for the construction and demonstration of two X-47B aircraft under the unmanned combat air system demonstrator (UCAS-D) program, in August 2007. The UCAS-D program also aims to pave the way for developing potential future carrier-compatible, unmanned systems with little risk. Companies collaborating on the UCAS-D programme include Rockwell Collins, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin, Parker Aerospace, Honeywell, GKN Aerospace, General Electric (GE), Wind River, Dell, Hamilton Sundstrand, Pratt & Whitney, Eaton and Moog. Design and features of the X-47B The tailless unmanned aircraft is 38.2ft-long and has a wingspan of 62.1ft.

The shape of the aircraft is designed for stealth or low observable relevant requirements. The weapons bay can carry 4,500lb of weapons. Operations of the computer-controlled X-47B UCAS are smart and its flight control system is autonomous. The navigation of the UCAS is controlled by hybrid global positioning system (GPS) vision-based system. The flight path is preprogrammed and its operations are monitored by a mission operator. The UCAS is equipped with electro-optics (EO), infrared (IR), synthetic aperture radar (SAR), inverse SAR, ground moving target indicator (GMTI), electronic support measures (ESM) and maritime moving target indicator (MMTI) sensors. The UCAS-D will feature both probe-and-drogue of the US Navy and boom-receptacle mechanisms of the USAF for autonomous air refueling. X-47B engine and performance details The X-47B is powered by a Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220U engine and exhaust system. The aircraft has a high subsonic speed of approximately 0.45M and range of roughly 2,100nm. The UCAS can fly to a maximum altitude of 40,000ft. Testing of the X-47B demonstration aircraft “The X-47B is powered by a Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220U engine and exhaust system.” Two autonomous jet-powered X-47B aircraft were built under the UCAS-D programme.

The two demonstration vehicles have similar design and hardware features. However, only one is equipped to test aerial refueling tasks. They can accommodate various kinds of sensors for reconnaissance, intelligence and surveillance and have space for weapon systems. Payload is not installed on the demonstration units. The first X-47B, including structural proof testing, was completed by October 2009. Named air vehicle 1 (AV-1), the aircraft was transferred to Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) for flight testing in July 2010. The second aircraft, named AV-2, arrived at the base for testing in March 2011. The first flight test of the UCAS-D was conducted in February 2011. The first catapult launch of X-47B was conducted at an onshore catapult facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in November 2012. The first at-sea test phase involving a series of deck handling trials aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was completed in December 2012. The aircraft will also be tested for launching, operating and recovering capabilities in a navy carrier operable area of 50nm. The carrier launch, recovery, and deck handling tests were completed in December 2012. The aerial refueling demonstrations were carried out in April.

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47 Comments

  1. vp p on June 17, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Looks vary flat is this part of ufo

  2. michael mixon on June 17, 2020 at 7:02 am

    If these things attain mach plus speeds and are able to carry rockets and guns of a fair size,they will definitely be an even more fearsome weapon than they are today.Thousands could be produced at a fraction of the cost of todays fighter jets or bombers. However,I do not thinking installing AI in one of these a good idea.

  3. PANKAJ BAJAJ on June 17, 2020 at 7:03 am

    first stealth vtol and vlanding fighter manned and unmanned drone

  4. Dario on June 17, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Ace combat drone

  5. Deimonik1 on June 17, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Nice knowing everyone lol.

  6. Carl Defoe on June 17, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Are we all supposed to applaud this?

  7. jayknight139 on June 17, 2020 at 7:05 am

    What about the stealth abilities?

  8. ҉K҉N҉I҉G҉H҉T҉F҉I҉R҉E҉6҉6҉ on June 17, 2020 at 7:06 am

    beautiful. i hope in 5-10 years we get one too. #peacefromturkey

  9. Karl Edmark on June 17, 2020 at 7:10 am

    That is a game changer thanks for posting

  10. PANKAJ BAJAJ on June 17, 2020 at 7:11 am

    first stealth vtol and vlanding fighter manned and unmanned drone

  11. Karlis Kristapsons on June 17, 2020 at 7:12 am

    go USA

  12. Anon Canada on June 17, 2020 at 7:14 am

    WE WON’T KEEP CONTROL OF THOSE THINGS FOR LONG

  13. Kr!pTik Music on June 17, 2020 at 7:15 am

    They’ll show us it landing and taking off and flying but not the cams and LEDs that make it almost impossible to see flying from the ground also has it’s own kill switch meaning it decides when it wants to shoot not us…

  14. R Tek on June 17, 2020 at 7:16 am

    S-500 is bast

  15. TJ’s Aviation on June 17, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Ace Combat 7, anyone?

  16. PANKAJ BAJAJ on June 17, 2020 at 7:23 am

    first stealth vtol and vlanding fighter manned and unmanned drone

  17. Wolf Fusag on June 17, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Look what Santa has brought, bunch of mobile dolls. When war are fought without people, does anyone know what will happen? One man alone can fk everyone.

  18. Manybuckets on June 17, 2020 at 7:27 am

    What about protection from hackers? Cyberwarfare is a big factor nowadays and it would catastrophic for someone to actually manage to hack into one of these.

  19. Jamster on June 17, 2020 at 7:29 am

    please land – terminator drone ööh thats a negative

  20. Jack Skellington's Follower on June 17, 2020 at 7:30 am

    How long before we have hundreds of these being controlled by autonomous airborne carrier drones like the Arsenal Bird from Ace Combat 7?

  21. Nelson Dacosta on June 17, 2020 at 7:31 am

    this is the kind of fearless ,heartless , SHIT THAT IS GOING TO END THE WORD

  22. Sean Baca on June 17, 2020 at 7:35 am

    russians: but but are s500 is da bess…
    My good friend is from russia, and he asked me, "do you want to know when a russian is lying"? I said sure, he said "when they are talking."
    He said russia is falling apart so much, people are starving in every city. Yet putin spends what little they do have trying to keep up with America. Lmao true story!

  23. Vinnie D on June 17, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Looks like a Black mirror Ep

  24. HELLH0WND on June 17, 2020 at 7:37 am

    If it’s unmanned what’s the window in the front for?

  25. deputy dogg on June 17, 2020 at 7:37 am

    scary, from hell. imagine having that thing coming for u.

  26. John Defbyvolume on June 17, 2020 at 7:37 am

    note nothing said about its cloaking technology,

  27. John Yue on June 17, 2020 at 7:38 am

    This is too ugly. It doesn’t pass the eye test.

  28. king sos on June 17, 2020 at 7:40 am

    shit dope ass hell

  29. Adeel Khan on June 17, 2020 at 7:41 am

    It’s not stealth shoot Iran this unman air craft

  30. Rand Om on June 17, 2020 at 7:42 am

    attach dirty nuclear bombs to them. nuclear plus dirty so the damage is maximum. anti-missile ground operated s-400s will be useless and afraid to attack because of the chernobyl like radioactive spray that will result in deaths in surrounding areas wherever they are countered. suppose if u fly a drone with dirty bombs and nuclear bombs that detonate on a city sky, that city will disappear from human history confirmed, even if s-400 bomb the shit out of that drone. this way 200 major cities will disappear from the face of the planet in world war 3 that is ongoing. nuclear shelters make them now otherwise it will be too late.

  31. Scott M on June 17, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Launched by a robotic catapult

  32. Daniel Van-Buren on June 17, 2020 at 7:42 am
  33. Rand Om on June 17, 2020 at 7:43 am

    take a drone. put in it lab made sniper like viruses that kill quick painless without noise from the populace. put that ‘chinese’ drone in a major city. then watch millions die. world depopulation easy way.

  34. Pleiadian on June 17, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Now have been installed cameras on top that films the sky up above and project the images in high resolution on a set of very high tech film screens beneath the aircraft. So people just see the sky moving around

  35. Horrific Space on June 17, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Beautiful

  36. ClarksonsinUSA on June 17, 2020 at 7:46 am

    American tech reigns supreme!

  37. Geronimo apache on June 17, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Ou nice first jet drone of skynet awesome go on…We are so doomed ´=D its literaly like in the fck terminator film..we got control of these things dont worry ´=D ´=O ´=D

  38. Richard Pointer on June 17, 2020 at 7:49 am

    They should really name this thing the Crow because from certain angles it looks like one.

  39. Hawk Who Knows All on June 17, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Stolen from Greater German Reiche

  40. WiseSilverWolf on June 17, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Skynet is coming for you!

  41. J MZ6 on June 17, 2020 at 7:52 am

    pls protect from china hackers

  42. Kimberly Williams on June 17, 2020 at 7:53 am

    JUST THINK HOW MANY OF THESE DRONES CAN BE LAUNCHED FROM A SUBMARINE, US DESTROYER WITH 6 OF THEM STACKED IN A TOWERE OR FROM A USAF BOMBER?

  43. Rand Om on June 17, 2020 at 7:54 am

    these AI plus autistic nerd operated fighter jets can maneuver better than conventional fighter jets. may perform better moves to counter enemy jet by moving around freely and with radar guided lock, they’ll attack the enemy combat drone/fighter better.

  44. jake 26 on June 17, 2020 at 7:56 am

    The movie stealth teach you anything smh…..

  45. T_M_R_O_T_R on June 17, 2020 at 7:57 am

    The exact same thing from ace combat 7

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    masoni – boldenberg

  47. Bandichod Madabandichod on June 17, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Another bird that will get shot down

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