Derived from the X-47A tested in J-Ucas
, the X-47B has wing extensions and a non-afterburning Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220U turbofan.
drone would have traded some of the Predator's surveillance and reconnaissance chops for the performance and survivability to supplement Air Force F-16s and A-10s and Navy F/A18s in the close-air support and battlefield interdiction missions.
Team award for demonstrating exceptional technical innovation in the development and integration of the J-UCAS
"The services didn't want DARPA running the program." One major problem for the services was that DARPA focused on building J-UCAS
prototypes without addressing long-term issues such as logistics support, maintenance, spare parts and training.
The Joint Unmanned Combat Air System or J-UCAS
is a transformational program in its infancy.
Also, special topics are being arranged for J-UCAS
, AEA, combat ID, and the Department of Homeland Security, among others.
This work proved important to make the case to establish the $3.9 billion Joint-Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS
The initial flight tests are using small drone systems, while further development will see larger unmanned systems such as Global Hawk, Fire Scout (photo) and the X-47B J-UCAS
joining the information fold.
Among the programs likely to get pushed to the right are unmanned aircraft development programs such as the J-UCAS
combat drone and the broad area maritime surveillance aircraft.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been put in charge of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS
) program, intended to develop a family of unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) systems for the US Air Force and Navy.
From time immemorial, the aviation world has, as on other scenes, had its little contradictions but in recent weeks it has seen the still unofficially announced (at least at time of writing) cancellation of the J-Ucas
and the simultaneous emergence of two new European demonstrators, the Barrakuda and the Raven.
Other things like J-UCAS
, MALD-J, the electron war and high-power microwave weapons are, as for the moment, good wishes.