Program Overview

The X-47B is a tailless, strike fighter-sized unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman as part of the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) Carrier Demonstration program. Under a contract awarded in 2007, the company designed, produced and is currently flight testing two X-47B aircraft. In 2013, these aircraft were used to successfully demonstrate the first ever carrier-based launches and recoveries by an autonomous, low-observable relevant unmanned aircraft. The program is currently maturing relevant carrier launch, landing, and integration technologies.

Foundation for the Future

The X-47B UCAS is designed to help the Navy explore the future of unmanned carrier aviation. The successful flight test program is setting the stage for the development of a more permanent, carrier-based fleet of unmanned aircraft.

NAVAIR/Navy News:

03-07-14 - Navy’s X-47B team receives prestigious aviation award
11-10-13 - X-47B Operates Aboard Theodore Roosevelt
10-11-13 - X-47B aircraft recognized with Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Innovator Award
09-11-13 - Navy Autonomous Aerial Refueling Tests Underway
08-08-13 - X-47B returns to Pax River concluding historic carrier demonstration phase | PDF download
07-10-13 - X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing
05-17-13 - X-47B Accomplishes First Ever Carrier Touch and Go aboard CVN 77
05-14-13 - Naval Air Forces Commander Calls X-47B Catapult Launch from USS George H.W. Bush a Pivotal Moment in Naval Aviation
05-13-13 - X-47B UCAS Launches the Next Era of Naval Aviation
05-06-13 - X-47B completes key milestone in prep for carrier tests
04-06-13 - Historic X-47B wave-off video
12-18-12 - X-47B completes historic at-sea period aboard Truman
12-18-12 - X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Completes First At-Sea Tests
11-29-12 - First X-47B UCAS catapult launch makes naval aviation history
11-26-12 - Photo: Sailors assist with onload of UCAS-D aboard USS Truman
11-26-12 - Facebook post