posted on Jul, 17 2007 @ 07:42 AM
The decision on the UCAS-N is forthcoming any day now.
(It has changed names to the "UCAS-D" for "Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration").
As you know there is a competition between Boeing's X-45N and Northrop-Grumman's X-47.
Northrop's X-47 has been favored by the Navy since the competition was for the "J-UCAS" - while Boeing has been the USAF's favorite for the same
period of time.
When the USAF abandoned the J-UCAS program Boeing was left out in the cold and has spent much of their time trying to redirect their wooing efforts
towards the Navy, but by now Northrop's X-47 has been so ingrained in the thinking of Navy brass it is (in my opinion) unlikely that the X-45N will
be the Navy's choice.
If Boeing's X-45N does become the choice it will most likely be a political reason (as they all are), but in this case it would be to sustain
Boeing's military aerospace division which is coming to the end of the last incarnation of the F-18, the EF-18 Growler.
A little more about the looming decision:
Decision Looms on U.S. Navy’s UCAS-D
- Defense News.Com