A robotic, bat-winged bomber designed to take off from a US aircraft carrier has passed its first test in a debut flight in California, the US Navy said.
The X-47B jet, which looks like a smaller version of the B-2 stealth bomber, stayed in the air for 29true blood dvd minutes and climbed to 5,000 feet in a test flight on Friday at Edwards Air Force Base, according to the Navy and defense true blood on dvd contractor Northrop Grumman.
Military leaders see the plane as part of a new generation of drones that would be able to evade radar and fly at much faster speeds than the current fleet of propeller-driven Predators and Reapers used in the war in Afghanistan.
"Today we got a glimpse towards the future as the cheap dvdNavy?s first-ever tailless, jet-powered unmanned aircraft took to the skies," Captain Jaime Engdahl, a program manager for the warplane, said in a statement.
Northrop is building the navy bomber under a $636million contract awarded in 2007.
With no pilot on board, the experimental dvd storeaircraft was operated by a joint Navy and Northrop team on the ground.
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It will be years before the X-47B joins the naval air fleet, with the first tests on a carrier scheduled for 2013, Northrop said in a release.
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At the time of his arrest in 2005 he had been paid at least $110,000 by China, the Justice Department said.
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We believe very strongly that he's innocent, and we very much look forward to the appeals process in the 9th circuit, son Ashton said Monday on Hawaii broadcaster KHON2.
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