Wednesday, July 17, 2013

X-47B Carrier Landings

The Navy recently loudly and proudly announced the first landing of an unmanned X-47B on a carrier.  For those of you keeping score at home, the X-47B has now attempted four landings and two have succeeded.  You may have missed the failed landing attempts as the Navy didn't announce them with quite the same degree of enthusiam and fervor!

No, this is not a criticism of the X-47B program.  The landings are part of a development program and failure is part of development.  The only conclusion I take away from this is that the program clearly isn't ready for prime time, yet, and that's just fine.  The Navy seems content to take the time needed to get this right, unlike the LCS.

This is just an informational post - nothing more!


2 comments:

  1. Hey ComNavOps, I know you did a article about reserve fleets, but I thought you might be interested in this little read: http://xbradtc.com/2013/07/10/preservation/

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    1. TR, that's a good article and it nicely supports my original post . To allow the reserve fleet to dwindle to seven ships is criminal negligence on the part of Navy leadership.

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