Wednesday, July 29, 2009

X-47B passes structural tests

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A series of static and dynamic proof load tests were recently completed to validate the design and structural integrity of the Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System. It was done under the UCAS Carrier Demonstration program. The X-47B, now designated with Navy Bureau Number 168063, will undergo engine integration and taxi tests through the fall in preparation for first flight and carrier trials. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 07/29/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout UAVs in Moss Point, Miss.