May 14, 2013 12:46 PM by Patricia Collier

Navy launches unmanned aircraft from carrier

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (AP) - The U.S. Navy says it has successfully launched an unmanned aircraft from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
The Navy says in a news release that the launch was completed Tuesday morning aboard the USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean. The X-47B is now returning to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.
The plane isn't intended for operational use, but it will be used to help develop other unmanned, carrier-based aircraft.
Navy officials say the planes will provide around-the-clock carrier-based intelligence, surveillance and targeting capabilities.
There has been pushback against the use of drones from some nations that say the strikes erode the U.S. image overseas.


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