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For the first time, Navy drones and human pilots are flying side by side

20
Aug
2014

In a test conducted this past weekend, the Navy launched and landed manned aircrafts and unmanned drones in rapid succession, a historic first attempt to mix humans and drones on the same aircraft operation. According to a report from The Aviationist, the Navy successfully tested a X-47B unmanned combat aircraft system alongside a F/A-18 Hornet piloted by a person. The drone completed a series of tests, which included a catapult launch and arrested landing, which demonstrated its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. While the X-47B could be armed to carry out lethal strikes, so far the Navy has insisted that it has no plans to weaponize this particular drone.

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