Media Advisory: U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman Invite Media to Discuss Historic Land-Based Catapult Launch of X-47B Unmanned Aircraft

Nov 29, 2012

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Members of the electronic, print and broadcast media are invited to participate in a media teleconference with U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman program managers to discuss the details of the historic first catapult launch of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS). The launch occurred Nov. 29 from the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

Conference Check-In: 11:45 to 11:55 a.m. Eastern

Media Teleconference: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern


- Capt. Jaime Engdahl, USN

Navy UCAS Program Manager

- Carl Johnson, Vice President and Navy UCAS Program Manager Northrop Grumman Corporation

Teleconference Call-in Details:

U.S. (toll free): 877 740 2201

Pass code 3150312#

Media Materials Availability:

News Releases, File Photos, Broadcast-Quality B-roll, Including (YouTube addresses for B-roll, Navy segment)


The X-47B is a tailless, strike fighter-sized unmanned system currently under development by Northrop Grumman as part of the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program. Under a contract awarded in 2007, the company has designed, developed and is currently producing two X-47B aircraft. In the 2013 timeframe, these aircraft will be used to demonstrate the first carrier-based launches and recoveries by an autonomous, low-observable relevant unmanned aircraft. The UCAS-D program will also be used to mature relevant carrier landing and integration technologies, and to demonstrate autonomous aerial refueling by the X-47B aircraft.

UCAS-D is designed to help the U.S. Navy explore the future of unmanned carrier aviation. A successful UCAS-D flight test program, including a series of successful carrier-based launches and recoveries, will help set the stage for the development of a more permanent, carrier-based fleet of unmanned aircraft.

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