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UFO-like stealth drone takes flight

By T.K. Randall
October 16, 2011 · Comment icon 13 comments



Image Credit: Northrop Grumman
You would be forgiven for thinking the US Navy's new X-47B is a UFO if you saw it fly overheard.
The futuristic unmanned aircraft is designed to take-off from and land on aircraft carriers and is part of an initiative to move away from manned vehicles and bolster the Navy's fleet of unmanned drones. "Reaching this critical test point demonstrates the growing maturity of the air system, and its readiness to move to the next phase of flight testing," said Janis Pamiljans of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems division.
The U. S. Navy reached a new milestone for a futuristic new stealth drone when it successfully retracted its landing gear and flew in cruise configuration for the first time, engineers announced Tuesday.


Source: Fox News | Comments (13)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ryegrog 11 years ago
At a certain angle it would look like a UFO from a distance.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Adam frm manchester uk 11 years ago
I am sure the us air force have just released info that they have several types of anti-gravity crafts I am sure the article was on here a week or 2 ago
Comment icon #6 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 11 years ago
At a certain angle it would look like a UFO from a distance. True, but... if you saw this fly overhead you would clearly see it has wings.
Comment icon #7 Posted by JJsDietFitness 11 years ago
oh crap. How much did this damn thing cost us?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Muenzenhamster 11 years ago
I don't think it cost "us" anything. Last I checked, once I pay my taxes, it's no longer "my" money. Do you retain ownership somehow?
Comment icon #9 Posted by captain pish 11 years ago
Old technology, I suppose they have to release this sort of thing over the years as black ops technology also advances. They have to make it look like they are still endeavouring to push the boundaries. The guys who take up the billions a year for black ops probably surpassed this aircraft in the 70's.
Comment icon #10 Posted by ColoradoParanormal 11 years ago
Old technology, I suppose they have to release this sort of thing over the years as black ops technology also advances. They have to make it look like they are still endeavouring to push the boundaries. The guys who take up the billions a year for black ops probably surpassed this aircraft in the 70's. I agree. Supposedly, to date, the SR-71 blackbird is the fastest jet we've produced. That was out in the 1960's. Since then, there haven't been any advancements in technology to create something that blows that out of the water? Yea I don't believe that. What people are failing to see is, is tha... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Anotheryahoo 11 years ago
Its is kind of funny after the mid 60s Blackbird they just stopped going faster or higher. Makes no sense and the Air force hardly even blinked after not getting its own space shuttle? They have Billions going into black programs, makes you wonder what they really have. Stuff like this is simply dribble for the masses to consume.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Blizno 11 years ago
Control, control and control... why would you need this kind of sci.fi drone, if those normal ones are still fresh and in much use to military.. The advantage of this drone is that it would be very difficult to shoot it down with a guided missile. Just like the B-2 bomber that it resembles (not a UFO) it is designed to be almost invisible to a radar station or a radar-equipped guided missile. It also has deeply shrouded engines to make it harder for a heat-seeking missile to lock onto it. There isn't a need for it now since much cheaper drones roam widely at little risk but in a few years this... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Wyrdlight 11 years ago
Taranis (UK) beats the USA version hands down in terms of performance... and when Talarion takes to the skies it will be a whole new ball - game in terms of projecting force yeah, BAE systems is predicted to own somthing like a third of the USA's arms industry in the next 15 years.


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