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Unmanned aerial vehiclesCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2022
An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line at Creech Air
The term drone has been used from the early days of aviation to name remotely-flown target aircraft used for practice firing a battleship's guns, such as the 1920s Fairey Queen and 1930s de Havilland Queen Bee.

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is defined as a "powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely. UAV is a term that is commonly applied to military use cases. Missiles with warheads are not considered UAVs because the vehicle itself is a munition.

The term unmanned aircraft system (UAS) was adopted by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

An unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), also known as a combat drone is used for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance and carries aircraft ordnance such as missiles, machine guns, and bombs.
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Global Hawk awaits roll out

Global Hawk awaits roll out

San Diego, Calif. (Feb. 20, 1997) A Global Hawk, the Department of Defenses newest unmanned air vehicle, sits in a hangar before its roll out. Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial rec... More

Altus I aircraft landing on Edwards lakebed runway 23

Altus I aircraft landing on Edwards lakebed runway 23

The remotely-piloted Altus I aircraft lands on Rogers Dry Lake adjacent to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. The short series of test flights sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School in ea... More

Altus I aircraft on lakebed

Altus I aircraft on lakebed

The remotely-piloted Altus I aircraft climbs away after takeoff from Rogers Dry Lake adjacent to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. The short series of test flights sponsored by the Naval Pos... More

Altus I aircraft on lakebed

Altus I aircraft on lakebed

The remotely-piloted Altus I aircraft climbs away after takeoff from Rogers Dry Lake adjacent to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. The short series of test flights sponsored by the Naval Pos... More

Altus I aircraft landing on Edwards lakebed runway 23

Altus I aircraft landing on Edwards lakebed runway 23

The remotely-piloted Altus I aircraft lands on Rogers Dry Lake adjacent to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. The short series of test flights sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School in ea... More

The Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is weighed and systems checked after its arrival at Langley Air Force Base. The aircraft flew non-stop from Edwards Air Force Base, California, to Langley, Virginia, as part of a NATO seminar hosted by the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic

The Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is weighed and systems checked after...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: ACC Scene Camera Operator: TSGT J... More

The Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is weighed and systems checked after its arrival at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. The aircraft flew non-stop from Edwards Air Force Base, California, to Langley as part of a NATO seminar hosted by the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic

The Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is weighed and systems checked after...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: ACC Scene Camera Operator: TSGT J... More

An USAF, RQ-4A Global Hawk Unmanned Arial Vehicle sits parked on the flight line at Langley AFB, VA. A USAF E-3C Airborne Early Warning Control System (AWACS) aircraft and a USAF E-8A Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (J-STARS) aircraft are parked (left-to-right) in the background as ground crews and security personnel attend the aircraft

An USAF, RQ-4A Global Hawk Unmanned Arial Vehicle sits parked on the f...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Lynnita Cotton, USAF Release Sta... More

Tactical Tomahawk launches during contractor testing

Tactical Tomahawk launches during contractor testing

Pt. Mugu, Calif. (Aug. 23, 2002) A Tactical Tomahawk, the next generation of Tomahawk Cruise Missile, is launched during a contractor test and evaluation. The Tomahawk missile provides a long-range, highly sur... More

Long wings, a V-tail with a ventral  fin and a rear-mounted engine distinguish the Altair, an unmanned aerial vehicle built for NASA by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. ED03-0078-4

Long wings, a V-tail with a ventral fin and a rear-mounted engine dis...

Long wings, a V-tail with a ventral fin and a rear-mounted engine distinguish the Altair, an unmanned aerial vehicle built for NASA by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

The Altair unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. for NASA, is poised for flight at GA-ASI's flight test facility at El Mirage, California. ED03-0078-1

The Altair unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), built by General Atomics Aer...

The Altair unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. for NASA, is poised for flight at GA-ASI's flight test facility at El Mirage, California.

The Altair, a civil variant of the QM-9 Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), shows off its lengthy high-aspect ratio wing while on the ramp at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' flight test facility at El Mirage, California. ED03-0078-5

The Altair, a civil variant of the QM-9 Predator B unmanned aerial veh...

The Altair, a civil variant of the QM-9 Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), shows off its lengthy high-aspect ratio wing while on the ramp at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' flight test facility at ... More

Artist concept of a Naval Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV-N)

Artist concept of a Naval Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV-N)

Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. (Jun. 06, 2003) Artist concept of a Naval Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV-N). The system consists of an air vehicle, mission control station and support elements. It is ... More

The remotely-piloted Altair unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) took to the air on its first checkout flight on June 9, 2003 at El Mirage, California. EC03-0154-3

The remotely-piloted Altair unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) took to the ...

The remotely-piloted Altair unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) took to the air on its first checkout flight on June 9, 2003 at El Mirage, California.

A US Air Force (USAF) RQ-4A Global Hawk High-Altitude Long-Endurance, Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance System, turns over Roger Dry Lakebed, to make an landing at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California (CA), marking the deliver of the first operation aircraft to Edwards

A US Air Force (USAF) RQ-4A Global Hawk High-Altitude Long-Endurance, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Steve Zapka, CIV Release Status: Re... More

Designated N-1, the first Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) slated for the Navy�s Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) program, took flight for the first time on Oct. 6, 2004.

Designated N-1, the first Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sl...

Palmdale, Calif. (Oct. 06, 2004) Designated N-1, the first Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) slated for the Navys Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) program, took flight for the first time on Oct... More

A U.S. Navy RQ-2B Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle comes in for a landing.

A U.S. Navy RQ-2B Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle comes in for a landi...

St. Inigoes, Md. (Jun. 27, 2005) A U.S. Navy RQ-2B Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, assigned to the Firebees of Fleet Composite Squadron Six (VC-6), comes in for a landing at the conclusion of its flight demons... More

A group photo of aerial demonstrators at the 2005 Naval Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Air Demo held at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

A group photo of aerial demonstrators at the 2005 Naval Unmanned Aeria...

St. Inigoes, Md. (Jun. 27, 2005) A group photo of aerial demonstrators at the 2005 Naval Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Air Demo held at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Pictured are (front... More

A U.S. Navy RQ-2B Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle conducts a pass in front of the crowd.

A U.S. Navy RQ-2B Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle conducts a pass in f...

St. Inigoes, Md. (Jun. 27, 2005) A U.S. Navy RQ-2B Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, assigned to the Firebees of Fleet Composite Squadron Six (VC-6), conducts a pass in front of the crowd during its flight demon... More

A ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle on display at the 2005 Naval UAV Air Demo.

A ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle on display at the 2005 Naval UAV A...

St. Inigoes, Md. (Jun. 27, 2005) A ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle on display at the 2005 Naval UAV Air Demo held at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station Patuxent River. ScanEagle is an affordable, ru... More

A full scale Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C on display at the 2005 Naval Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Air Demo held at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

A full scale Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C on displ...

St. Inigoes, Md. (Jun. 27, 2005) A full scale Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C on display at the 2005 Naval Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Air Demo held at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station ... More

A Neptune Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on display at the 2005 Naval UAV Air Demo held at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

A Neptune Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on display at the 2005 Naval U...

St. Inigoes, Md. (Jun. 27, 2005) A "Neptune" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on display at the 2005 Naval UAV Air Demo held at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Neptune was specifically... More

Northrop Grumman's RQ-8A Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) System test fires the second of two Mark-66 2.75-inch unguided rockets during weapons testing.

Northrop Grumman's RQ-8A Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tacti...

Yuma, Ariz. (Jul. 25, 2005) Northrop Grumman's RQ-8A Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) System test fires the second of two Mark-66 2.75-inch unguided rockets durin... More

VERTICAL UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (VUAV)

VERTICAL UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (VUAV)

The Vertical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV) is a short-range, shipboard deployable unmanned aircraft. The VUAV will allow the Coast Guard to extend the surveillance, classification and identification capability... More

Ikhana Unmanned Aircraft

Ikhana Unmanned Aircraft

(August 9, 2007) NASA and the U.S. Forest Service tested technologies to improve wildfire imaging and mapping capabilities in the Western States Fire Mission. From mid-August through September, 2007, NASA's Dry... More

Martin Susser, left, program manager at Insitu, Inc.,

Martin Susser, left, program manager at Insitu, Inc.,

Martin Susser, left, program manager at Insitu, Inc., and the UAF Geophysical Institute’s Don Hampton load a 40-pound unmanned aerial system onto its launcher at the Stewart Creek impact area in June 2007.

Ikhana

Ikhana

Photo Description: NASA's Ikhana, a civil variant of General Atomics' Predator B unmanned aircraft, takes to the sky for a morning checkout flight from the Grey Butte airfield...Project Description: A Predator ... More

The Reaper returns, Afghanistan

The Reaper returns, Afghanistan

An Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial attack vehicle prepares to land after a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Reaper has the ability to carry both precision-guided bombs and missiles. (... More

Airpower Summary for May 15

Airpower Summary for May 15

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on a ramp in Afghanistan Sept. 31. The Reaper is launched, recovered and maintained at deployed locations, while being remotely operated by pilots and sensor operators at Creech Air Force Base, Nev.

2nd Lt. Evan J. Wright preps the unmanned aircraft

2nd Lt. Evan J. Wright preps the unmanned aircraft

2nd Lt. Evan J. Wright preps the unmanned aircraft system while 2nd Lt. Steven A Delaunois holds the excess rope for him.

An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle comes in for

An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle comes in for

An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle comes in for a landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Nov. 20. Reapers are remotely piloted and can linger over battlefields, providing persistent strike capabilities to groun... More

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launches from the Navy Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren test range.

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launches from the Navy Surf...

DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 20, 2008) A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launches from the Navy Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren test range. Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Expedi... More

Unmanned Aircraft Communications Project GRC-2013-C-02281

Unmanned Aircraft Communications Project GRC-2013-C-02281

Unmanned Aircraft Communications Project

NASA Ikhana, Dryden history gallery

NASA Ikhana, Dryden history gallery

Project Description A Predator B unmanned aircraft system is being used by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., for a variety of environmental science and aeronautical research roles. Built by... More

NASA Ikhana, Dryden history gallery

NASA Ikhana, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Aiding Southern California Firefighting EffortRelease: 07-57 In response to a request from the California Office of Emergency Services and the National Interagency Fire Center, NASA is flying an a... More

The Altus II remotely piloted aircraft carried a variety of specialized instruments and cameras duri

The Altus II remotely piloted aircraft carried a variety of specialize...

The Altus II remotely piloted aircraft carried a variety of specialized instruments and cameras during a lightning study over Florida during the summer of 2002, including one sensor mounted on a boom extending ... More

Pathfinder aircraft in flight, NASA history collection

Pathfinder aircraft in flight, NASA history collection

The Pathfinder research aircraft's wing structure was clearly defined as it soared under a clear blue sky during a test flight July 27, 1995, from Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The center ... More

The remotely piloted Altus II aircraft probed lightning development with a variety of specialized in

The remotely piloted Altus II aircraft probed lightning development wi...

The remotely piloted Altus II aircraft probed lightning development with a variety of specialized instruments and cameras during a month-long study over Florida during the summer of 2002, including one sensor m... More

Looking ever so much like an alien spacecraft, the Altus II remotely piloted aircraft shows off some

Looking ever so much like an alien spacecraft, the Altus II remotely p...

Looking ever so much like an alien spacecraft, the Altus II remotely piloted aircraft shows off some of the instruments and camera lenses mounted in its nose for a lightning study over Florida flown during the ... More

The Altus II remotely piloted aircraft carried a variety of specialized instruments and cameras duri

The Altus II remotely piloted aircraft carried a variety of specialize...

The Altus II remotely piloted aircraft carried a variety of specialized instruments and cameras during a lightning study over Florida during the summer of 2002, including one sensor mounted on a boom extending ... More

The remotely piloted Altus II aircraft probed lightning development with a variety of specialized in

The remotely piloted Altus II aircraft probed lightning development wi...

The remotely piloted Altus II aircraft probed lightning development with a variety of specialized instruments and cameras during a month-long study over Florida during the summer of 2002, including one sensor m... More

NASA Altair, Dryden history gallery

NASA Altair, Dryden history gallery

ED06-0208-1 A high-tech infrared imaging sensor in its underbelly pod, the Altair unmanned aircraft flew repeated passes over the Esperanza fire to aid firefighting efforts. October 25, 2006 NASA Photo / Genera... More

X-45 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle

X-45 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle

EC03-0047-2 The DARPA/U.S. Air Force X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) system demonstration program completed the first phase of demonstrations, known as Block I, on Feb. 28, 2003. The final Block I acti... More

The sun rises above Camp Taji, Iraq, silhouetting the

The sun rises above Camp Taji, Iraq, silhouetting the

The sun rises above Camp Taji, Iraq, silhouetting the Army’s newest “eyes in the sky,” the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, Nov. 21. The aircraft is being tested by QRC1-R1, a specially trained drone unit attached to the Enha... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator completes its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base.

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator completes its first f...

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (Feb. 04, 2011) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator completes its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base. The Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator completes

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator completes

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator completes its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base. The Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program will demonstrate the capability of an autonomo... More

A Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) makes an arrested recovery on the Skyhook recovery system aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).

A Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) makes an arrested recovery ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2011) A Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) makes an arrested recovery on the Skyhook recovery system aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45). Scan Eagle is a ... More

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle in flight during launch and recovery exercises aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle in flight during launch and recov...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2011) A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle in flight during launch and recovery exercises aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45). Scan Eagle is a runway independen... More

Contactors from General Atomics load Hellfire missiles

Contactors from General Atomics load Hellfire missiles

Contactors from General Atomics load Hellfire missiles onto an MQ-1C Gray Eagle at Camp Taji, Iraq, in February.

A British MQ-9 Reaper sits on a runway March 17. Both

A British MQ-9 Reaper sits on a runway March 17. Both

A British MQ-9 Reaper sits on a runway March 17. Both British and American Reapers are deployed to Afghanistan.

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launches from the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launches from the flight de...

GULF OF ADEN (Apr. 11, 2011) A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launches from the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45). Scan Eagle is a runway independent, long-enduranc... More

New York Army National Guard soldiers fly high, see all via unmanned aircraft

New York Army National Guard soldiers fly high, see all via unmanned a...

New York Army National Guard soldiers Pvt. Toby Smith, Pfc. Timothy Strong and Sgt. Edward Joy move a Shadow RQ-7 unmanned reconnaissance aircraft to its launcher at Fort Drum's Wheeler Sack Airfield.

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle launches from

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle launches from

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle launches from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock. Scan Eagle is a runway independent, long-endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle system designed to provide multiple ... More

Dan Sauer, an unmanned aerial systems technician with

Dan Sauer, an unmanned aerial systems technician with

Dan Sauer, an unmanned aerial systems technician with Insitu Corporation, prepares a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle for flight at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 19, 2011, in support of Global Medic 2011 a... More

A Tiger Shark unmanned aerial vehicle returns from a mission supporting forces in theater.

A Tiger Shark unmanned aerial vehicle returns from a mission supportin...

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND (Jun. 04, 2011) A Tiger Shark unmanned aerial vehicle returns from a mission supporting forces in theater. The Tiger Shark UAV is the result of a rapid deployment effort by the Naval Air Sy... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System  demonstrator is

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator is

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator is loaded onto an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is scheduled to be the first aircraft carrier to... More

The X-47B launches safely from Pax River

The X-47B launches safely from Pax River

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Jul. 29, 2012) The X-47B launches safely from Pax River for a 35-minute flight over the Chesapeake Bay, July 29. (U.S. Navy photo). File# 120729-D-UY152-002

Rear Adm. Mathias Winter speaks with local media about the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D).

Rear Adm. Mathias Winter speaks with local media about the X-47B Unman...

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Jul. 31, 2012) Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, speaks with local media about the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator ... More

Unmanned Aerial Surveillance aircraft

Unmanned Aerial Surveillance aircraft

PACIFIC OCEAN -- The Unmanned Aerial Surveillance aircraft Scan Eagle launches from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton during a demonstration approximately 150 miles off the Pacific Coast, Aug. 13, 2012. The Scan ... More

Lt. Jeremy McCullough, medical officer aboard amphibious

Lt. Jeremy McCullough, medical officer aboard amphibious

Lt. Jeremy McCullough, medical officer aboard amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), launches a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle from the flight deck. Scan Eagle is a runway independent, long... More

Staff Sgt. Jason Trias of the 29th Brigade Support

Staff Sgt. Jason Trias of the 29th Brigade Support

Staff Sgt. Jason Trias of the 29th Brigade Support Training Battalion of Hawaii prepares to launch an Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle during a training exercise at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., Sep... More

Contractors prepare to hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Contractors prepare to hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCA...

NORFOLK (Nov. 26, 2012) Contractors prepare to hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The air vehicle arrived by ... More

Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstr...

NORFOLK (Nov. 26, 2012) Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The air vehicle arrived by barge from ... More

U.S. Navy Sailors assist with the onload of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

U.S. Navy Sailors assist with the onload of the X-47B Unmanned Combat ...

NORFOLK (Nov. 26, 2012) U.S. Navy Sailors assist with the onload of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The air vehicle arrived by ... More

Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstr...

NORFOLK (Nov. 26, 2012) Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The air vehicle arrived by barge from ... More

Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstr...

NORFOLK (Nov. 26, 2012) Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The air vehicle arrived by barge from ... More

U.S. Navy sailors assist with the onload of the X-47B

U.S. Navy sailors assist with the onload of the X-47B

U.S. Navy sailors assist with the onload of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The air vehicle arrived by barge from Naval Air Station Pa... More

Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstr...

NORFOLK (Nov. 26, 2012) Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The air vehicle arrived by barge from ... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is prepared for testing.

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is pr...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 07, 2012) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program integrated test team prepare an X-47B Unmanned Comb... More

Unmanned combat air system demonstrator

Unmanned combat air system demonstrator

An X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator is chained down to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 9, 2012. Sailors aboard the Harry S. Truman we... More

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 09, 2012) The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is the first aircraft carr... More

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 09, 2012) The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is the first aircraft carr... More

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 09, 2012) The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is the first aircraft carr... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is transported  on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is tr...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 11, 2012) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is transported on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo cou... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is secured aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is se...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 11, 2012) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is secured aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by ... More

Personnel maintain an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft aboard Harry S. Truman.

Personnel maintain an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstr...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 13, 2012) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program integrated test team maintain an X-47B Unmanned Com... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is transported  on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is tr...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 13, 2012) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is transported on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo cou... More

U.S. Army Sgt. Neil Connolly (left), a native of Janesville,

U.S. Army Sgt. Neil Connolly (left), a native of Janesville,

U.S. Army Sgt. Neil Connolly (left), a native of Janesville, Minn., and Sgt. Benjamin Jacobs (right), a native of Los Altos, CA, both unmanned aerial system operators with Company A, 2-3 Brigade Special Troops ... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator is loaded onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator is loaded onto...

NORFOLK (May. 06, 2013) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator is loaded onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is scheduled to be the firs... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the ...

NORFOLK (May. 10, 2013) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is scheduled to be the first air... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System  demonstrator is

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator is

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator is towed into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is scheduled to be the first aircraft carrier to catapult-l... More

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator lands

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator lands

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator lands at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after completing the first launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle from an aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Ke... More

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) prepare to launch an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on the ship's flight deck.

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 14, 2013) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) prepare to launch an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on the ship's flight deck. George ... More

X-47B UCAS launch

X-47B UCAS launch

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft carrier to successfully catapult laun... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator flies over the...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 14, 2013) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft ca... More

An U.S. Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator

An U.S. Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator

An U.S. Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft flies over the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 14, 2013, in the Atlantic Ocean. The George H.W. Bush was the first aircraft... More

Personnel move a U.S. Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air

Personnel move a U.S. Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air

Personnel move a U.S. Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 14, 2013, in the Atlantic Ocean. The George H.W. Bus... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator passes over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator passes over th...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 14, 2013) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator passes over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft c... More

 An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator passes over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator passes over t...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 14, 2013) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator passes over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft c... More

Unmanned aircraft launch aboard USS George H.W. Bush

Unmanned aircraft launch aboard USS George H.W. Bush

An U.S. Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 14, 2013, in the Atlantic Ocean. The George H.W. Bush ... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator flies near the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator flies near the...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 14, 2013) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator flies near the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft carrier to successful... More

Sailors move an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator onto an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

Sailors move an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator o...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 14, 2013) Sailors move an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator onto an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is sched... More

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator is

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator is

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator is loaded on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is scheduled to be the first aircraft carrier to ca... More

 An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator prepares to execute a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator prepares to e...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 17, 2013) An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator prepares to execute a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). This i... More

An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator prepares to execute a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator prepares to ex...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 17, 2013) An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator prepares to execute a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). This i... More

An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator flies over the...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 17, 2013) An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training o... More

An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a tou...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 17, 2013) An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). This is the first... More

Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in Palmdale, Calif.

Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on...

PALMDALE, Calif. (May. 21, 2013) Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in Palmdale, Calif. Triton is undergoing flight testing as ... More

Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in Palmdale, Calif.

Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on...

PALMDALE, Calif. (May. 21, 2013) Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in Palmdale, Calif. Triton is undergoing flight testing as ... More

Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles

Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles

Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in Palmdale, Calif. Triton is undergoing flight testing as an unmanned maritime surveillance... More

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