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X-47B UCAS 1/48 Scale Model Aircraft

X-47B UCAS 1/48 Scale Model Aircraft
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The X-47, a demonstration Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle, began as part of DARPA's J-UCAS program, and is now part of the United States Navy's UCAS-D program to create a carrier-based unmanned aircraft. The original vehicle carries the designation X-47A Pegasus, while the follow-on naval version is designated X-47B. Unlike the Boeing X-45, initial Pegasus development was company-funded.

The US Navy did not commit to practical UCAV efforts until mid-2000, when the service awarded contracts of US$2 million each to Boeing and Northrop Grumman for a 15-month concept-exploration program. Design considerations for a naval UCAV included dealing with the corrosive salt-water environment, deck handling for launch and recovery, integration with command and control systems, and operation in a carrier's high electromagnetic interference environment. The Navy was also interested in using their UCAVs for reconnaissance missions, penetrating protected airspace to identify targets for the attack waves.

Roll out of the X-47B was at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California  on December 16, 2008. First flight was expected to occur in November 2009, but was delayed until the first quarter of 2010 due to "propulsion acoustic and engine-start sequencing issues".  The X-47B carries no weapons, but has a full-sized weapons bay. In order to provide realistic testing, the demonstration vehicle is the same size and weight as the projected operational craft.

X-47B UCAS 1/48 Scale Model Aircraft
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X-47B UCAS 1/48 Scale Model Aircraft
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X-47B UCAS 1/48 Scale Model Aircraft
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