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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Navy tests software for automated carrier landing capability

F/A-18 Super HornetThe U.S. Navy has field tested an automated landing software system for carrier-borne F/A-18 and E/A-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft.

The software tested at sea aboard the USS George H.W. Bush is called MAGIC CARPET, an acronym for Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies.

"This underway marked the first use of the MAGIC CARPET technology on an aircraft carrier," said Lt. Cmdr. Dan Marzluff, assistant air operations officer aboard the carrier. "This software greatly reduces misses and wave-offs, which translates into more time on-mission and makes us an overall more effective force."

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