For the first time ever, the Navy launched a drone off an aircraft carrier at sea today. It just didn’t land on the carrier, a much harder task.
It may have happened on land, but the Navy’s demonstrator for its aircraft-carrier drone of the future caught the arresting gear on a mock deck. That’s a positive sign.
On the Pentagon’s R&D wish list: super-powerful jamming pods, mysterious commando tech, robots that can do ‘Top Gun’ maneuvers, and more.
The Pentagon has bought a lot of flying spying and lethal robots over the years. But the hefty budget the Pentagon released today shows that the explosion in military cash for drones is over.
Northrop Grumman, Boeing, General Atomics and Lockheed Martin are set to square off in a contest to build the first drone to operate off an aircraft carrier.