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If approved, the move would bump planned acquisition of 35 stealthy new fighters beyond the Navy's proposed new six-year spending plan, freeing up more than $1 billion between fiscal years 2008 and 2013 that officials hope to redirect to other naval priorities, these officials said.
Flight International || DefenseTech
Northrop has almost completed the critical design review for its carrier-capable X-47B, designed for J-UCAS, but now to be offered for N-UCAS. Boeing says its N-UCAS design will be slightly different to the X-45C, to meet carrier approach and landing requirements. Both companies say the navy's focus for N-UCAS has shifted from persistent intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance to strike.
At the same time, the US Navy has begun studying the need for a new stealthy strike aircraft - a mission that was once to have been performed by the A-12, cancelled in 1991. "They will do a formal analysis of alternatives at some point," says Chris Chadwick, Boeing vice- president and general manager global strike systems.
Originally posted by Zion Mainframe
Interesting note; the A-12 program was cancelled in favor of the JAST program, which later became the JSF.