When it comes to using drones in the military, the US Navy doesn’t fool around! Claiming to have the best pilots (Aviators) on the planet, the US Navy also has the most sophisticated Drones now in military service. Or, soon to be.
Far from the old “Shadow” twin boom UAVs that were caught in nets, the new generation of stealth Drones, like the Northrop Grumman X-47B are real “Live” Naval aircraft in every way except they don’t have a Naval Aviator in the cockpit. in fact there is no cockpit! Check out this amazing video, approved by the US Navy!
Crew: None aboard (semi-autonomous operation)
Length: 38.2 ft.
Wingspan: 62.1 ft extended (30.9 ft. stowed/folded)
Height: 10.4 ft.
Empty weight: 14,000 lb
Max. takeoff weight: 44,567 lb
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney F100-220U turbofan
Maximum speed: Subsonic
Cruise speed: Mach 0.9+
Range: 2,100+ NM
Service ceiling: 40,000 ft.
2 weapon bays, providing for up to 4,500 lb (2,000 kg) of ordnance