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Jaime Engdahl: No Plans to Arm Navy Carrier UAV

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DroneLaunchCarrierThe U.S. Navy currently does not plan to weaponize a Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aerial vehicle that landed on an aircraft carrier in July, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday.

Bryant Jordan writes the Navy has flown the X-47B for two years prior to its landing on the USS George H.W. Bush.

Citing Naval Air Systems Command documents, Jordan reports the UCAS program aims to develop carrier-capable UAVs for surveillance and strike operations.

“There is no plan to weaponize the aircraft … we’re not planning on doing that,” Capt. Jaime Engdahl, program manager for the Navy’s UCAS program office, told a Washington audience.

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