Stealth drones incite absolute fear into the enemy. Honestly, if I were an enemy combatant, I would hate drones. They are quiet, deadly, and unrelenting. Think terminator in the sky. In any case, Northrop Grumman recently announced the X-47B. What’s so special about he X-47B? Well, it can be launched from aircraft carriers, can refuel in air, and can fly complete missions without user input. Bow down puny mortal.
Here are some simple specs on the X-47B drone:
- Wingspan: 62.1 feet
- Length: 38.2 feet
- Altitude: 40,000 feet
- Range: 2,100 nm
- Top Speed: high subsonic
- Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220U
- Weapons Bays: 4,500 lbs
- Sensors: EO, IR, SAR, ISAR, GMTI, MMTI, ESM
The X-47B is expected to do flight trials soon.