Video Of X-47B & F/A-18 Carrier Ops Shows The Future Of Naval Aviation

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As we reported yesterday, VX-23 'Salty Dogs' made history with the first seamless carrier operations between an unmanned combat drone and a F/A-18 Hornet. The video below gives us a glimpse of what the Navy's air combat capability of the future will look like.

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So in a drone-based navy, what will "squadrons" entail. Your pilot is an interchangeable component probably sitting somewhere outside San Diego... Will the "squadron" on the boat just be the people who repair specific drones?

Weeeird.