posted on Jul, 16 2005 @ 02:49 PM
Boeing Co. subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis, MO received a contract to conduct a robust autonomous aerial refueling demonstration with
the X-45C robot plane, and extend the current flight test effort by 18 months.
"With autonomous refueling, the X-45C provides an even longer sustained, lethal presence in hostile airspace holding enemy forces open to immediate
surveillance or destruction," said David Koopersmith, Boeing J-UCAS X-45 vice president and program manager. "The Boeing X-45C will effectively and
affordably fill critical gaps in key Air Force and Navy mission areas."
Sounds cool; now UAV's will have unlimited ranges and can operate for longer;