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X-47b Carrier Launch

THE FIRST unmanned fighter jet has been launched from the deck of a United States Navy aircraft carrier.

The robotic aircraft was catapulted from the USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean overnight Australian time.

The advanced aircraft has launched into growing concerns over the legality of escalating drone surveillance and lethal strikes.

Called the X-47B, the bat-winged robotic combat drone is considered particularly valuable because it's the first that is designed specifically to take off and land on an aircraft carrier, allowing it to be used around the world without needing the permission of other countries to serve as a home base.

"I can confirm it was successfully launched at 11.18am (1518 GMT)," Navy Lieutenant Katie Cerezo told media.

The aircraft carried out

Added: May-14-2013 
By: snoopAhLoop
Regional News, Weapons
Tags: X-47b, X47b, USA, UCAS-D, Carrier Launch, Unmanned Aircraft, Drone, UAV
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