The Unmanned Killer Bomber: The X-47B Drone
Imagine a bomber, unmanned, loaded with 4,500 pounds of bombs or missiles, flying 30,000 feet and spotting a target like a tank, troop concentrations, while being undetected by enemy radar. If you have, this is the Navy's X-47B drone bomber being tested now and due to be operational by 2013. The X-47C will carry 10,000 pounds of bombs. Both travel at .45 mach.
Currently, two exist and testing off the Carrier USS Eisenhower. Each costs $800 million. The plane will carry a complement of advanced SEAD ordinance and accurately target multiple enemies simultaneously and remain over the target for a considerable time attacking. The X-47B is a computer-controlled unmanned aircraft system that takes off, flies a preprogrammed mission, and then returns to base – all in response to mouse clicks from a mission operator. The operator actively monitors the X-47B air vehicle's operation using simple situational awareness displays, but does not fly it via remote control, as some unmanned systems are operated. The X-47B has a maximum unrefueled range of over 2,000 miles (3,200 km), and an endurance of more than six hours.
This is a much advanced Predator, where on a typical mission, up to 150 people are involved in one drone mission. Since the X-47B will be flying off a carrier, only a few operators will be needed.
As usual, information about its compostion is secret but it is safe to assume it will be material like the current drones or B-2 bomber. If all of the tests pass, America will have one awesome new bomber drone flying off US carriers.
More by this Author
While both countries dodged the Ebola epidemic, both remain the region's top scam centers targeting Americans using the Internet.
Depending on your situation, the best router for wifi is...
Join this long list of consumer problems and complaints about this car. Most o the problems are on models pre-2009. Many sad stories.