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Friday, June 12, 2015

Four ways China can counter US X-47B UCAV: Sina Military

China has four ways to counter the United States Navy's US Navy's X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV), says the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.

Developed by Northrop Grumman, the X-47B is said to provide the US with a major advantage over that offered by traditional fighter jets. The UCAV conducted its maiden flight in 2011 before completing ground tests and commencing test flights in 2013. In-flight refueling tests began at the start of this year.

Even when taking mid-air refueling in account, fighter jets only have a range of about 1,500 nautical miles but their combat range is actually much lower as pilot fatigue needs to be factored in, restricting missions to a maximum of around 10 hours.

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