Aircraft carrier Bush conducts first unmanned tanker demo in the US at Sea

Aircraft carrier Bush conducts first unmanned tanker demo in the US at Sea ...

WASHINGTON The aircraft carrier George W. Bush has spent the past two weeks showing off the future of naval aviation, hosted a demonstration at the Naval Headquarters and conducted a pilot-manned aircraft demonstration.

The service announced in Dec. 20 that it had completed an unmanned carrier aviation demonstration, installed a ground control station on the ship, and proved that the UAV could integrate into that carrier environment: on pitching flight deck, with the operator using the air conditioning equipment and the ship-based operator operating in an airspace, and with a crew-based operator providing a connection and maintain the drone's presence.

For the demonstration, a prototype MD-5 ground control station was installed in an unprecedented robotic aircraft warfare center (UNUS) program, which will be launched by a carrier in order to support MQ-25 operations. The team was trying to coordinate the drone mission and its approaches to the ship during landing.

Boeing employees scan the MQ-25 on the flight deck of the plane carrier George H.W. Bush. (MC3 Brandon Roberson/U.S. Navy)

The T1 test vehicle carried out, followed by night and day operations on the sea, and also to transport passengers to the airport, and the flight deck, while tying and catapulting the engine and removing the landing area.

In addition to the management room, MQ-25 deck operators used Boeings handheld Deck Control Device during these maneuvers, working together with Navy taxi directors and converting the sailors directions into corresponding outputs.

Our initial examination of the flight deck demonstrates that it is the capability of a large-scale plane who does not operate as a flight shipboard, said Capt. Chad Reed, unmanned pilot program manager.

Although T1 didn't take off or land in the ship yet, a surrogate aircraft tested the hardware and software from the Joint Precision Landing System on aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships to guide them for safe landings. In the MQ-25, and the V-22 variants were introduced.

We progress towards the air wing of the future with this novel engineering approach, Reed said in the news release. Its an exciting time as we progress toward our future.

MQ-25 will take a trip to the Pacific and provide aerial fuel for other vehicles. F/A-18E-F Super Hornet, F-35C, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, and the EA-18G Growler.

F-35C is located on the flight deck of George H. W. Bush, British Airways. (MC3 Brandon Roberson/U.S. Navy)

While many carriers now have gotten into F-35, Bush hasn't done that. It was in Virginia at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, which is on its way home in August, and did several operations since last.

In Dec. 12 there were pilot qualifications for the Strike Fighter Squadron 125 the F-35C fleet replacement squadron that trains up new Joint Strike Fighter pilots giving crew members a look at the jet, and a view at the capability it is being brought to their air wing.

Megan Eckstein is a military veteran, but she has extensive work at Defense News since 2009, while working with the Marine Corps, he's focused on military operations, acquisition programs and budgets. She has reported from four geographic fleets and is happiest when shes running on a ship.

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