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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Northrop Grumman Completes Structural Proof Testing of Second X-47B Aircraft

X-47BThe U.S. Navy's second X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) will be able to withstand all of the structural stresses and strains associated with takeoff, flight and landing – including those uniquely linked with landing or taking off from the moving, pitching deck of an aircraft carrier.

That's the conclusion of an analysis by a Navy/Northrop Grumman Corporation test team following a rigorous, five-week series of structural proof tests of the jet's airframe.

The tests on X-47B air vehicle 2 (AV-2), conducted at Northrop Grumman's X-47B assembly and test facility in Palmdale, were completed Jan. 24, one week ahead of schedule.

Northrop Grumman is the Navy's prime contractor for the Unmanned Combat Air System – Demonstration (UCAS-D) program.

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