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The Navy’s Drone Fleet is Growing

Tuesday, March 24, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Mark Strauss  |  March 23, 2020  |  Air and Space Mag

 

Aircraft carriers are being readied for next-generation warfare that relies on unmanned aerial vehicles.

The U.S. Navy is installing specialized mini-control centers for drones on its aircraft carriers as they go through overhauls and maintenance. At a recent conference, Captain Chuck Ehnes, the Navy’s in-service aircraft carrier program manager, said the Unmanned Aviation Warfare Centers are being built into Nimitz- and Ford-class carriers to operate Boeing’s MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial tanker and other drones that the Navy might operate from its aircraft carriers in the near future.

“Because of the importance of drones and the appetite for more and more of them—and because the ability to control them is changing so quickly—you want a dedicated center so you can condense and streamline the fast-emerging technology,” says Kris Osborn, a military analyst who writes online for The National Interest. READ MORE...

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