The sun comes up over Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego on February 11, 2011, as the Centennial of Naval Aviation year-long celebration begins. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation, and first flown on February 4, 2011, will be just one of 190 aircraft featured during the Open House this weekend. Several legacy, present-day and future aircraft will be displayed including unmanned systems such as the X-47B UCAS, MQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D), and MQ-8B Fire Scout, as well as the manned aircraft: the E-2C Hawkeye, C-2A Greyhound, F-5E Tiger II, F/A-18F Super Hornet, F/A-18C Hornet, EA-18G Growler, EA-6B Prowler, T-38 Talon, Ryan Aeronautical Company’s STM Ryan, and Grumman Aircraft Engineering Company’s FM-2 Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F8F Bearcat, TBM Avenger and the HU-16 Albatross. Northrop Grumman’s partnership with the Navy is represented by more than 100 years of shipbuilding and nearly 80 years of leadership in designing, producing, delivering and sustaining some 26,000 Navy and Marine Corps aircraft.
Remarkable: The similarity to the Beast of Kandihar
December 9, 2009
The US Air Force today confirmed that it is using a drone named the RQ-170 Sentinel, in Afghanistan. The stealthy unmanned aircraft system is developed by the Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works division, the same company that developed the F-117 Stealth Fighter. However, the RQ-170 looks like a scaled down version of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. The USAF confirms that the RQ-170 Sentinel is in development, and is expected “to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward-deployed combat forces”, according to a statement released on 4 December.east of Kandihar, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, Microwave Weapons, Northrup Grumman, RQ-170 Sentenel, surveilance, X-47B