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Northrop Grumman, US Navy cooperative flights prove viability of joint carrier operations

19 August 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) said it and the US Navy have conducted a series of cooperative flights from the aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), using an X-47B unmanned air system and an F/A-18 Hornet.

The flights the first time manned and unmanned carrier aircraft have operated together in the same carrier controlled landing pattern at the same at the same time took place in the Eastern Atlantic. They offered Northrop Grumman and the Navy an opportunity to collect data that will help reduce risks associated with integrating unmanned aircraft with conventional manned carrier operations.

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