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X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration

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X-47B Demonstrator Flies in Cruise Mode for First Time 
Published: Mon October 10th, 2011 via: Northrop Grumman
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration aircraft reached a major milestone Sept. 30 when it retracted its landing gear and flew in its cruise configuration for the first time.

The flight, conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, also helped validate precision navigation hardware and software that will allow the X-47B to land with precision on the moving deck of an aircraft carrier.
"Last week's flight gave us our first clean look at the aerodynamic cruise performance of the X-47B air system…and it is proving out all of our predictions," said Janis Pamiljans, vice president and Navy UCAS program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "Reaching this critical test point demonstrates the growing maturity of the air system…