Posted on March 10, 2008 by yojoe
The Carrier Air Wing (CVW) in the U.S. Navy currently consists of:
By the year 2025 the CVW will include a squadron of UAV, dubbed the Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS). The UCAS will replace the F/A-18s. This will extend the range and loitering ability of the CVW.
The U.S. Navy’s program to determine the airframe to replace the F/A-18 is the F/A-XX program. This program underscores both the Navy and Marine Corps’s intensified interest in the future of unmanned air systems.
Naval Air Systems Command is the lead agency for acquisition strategy. According to Aviation Week,
The first demonstrator flight is set for November 2009, and carrier trials will be complete in late 2012.
It appears that UCAV and Drones will continue to define the future of air power.
yojoe (in unmanned mode) out
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