Navy Installs First Drone Command Center aboard Aircraft Carrier

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    Oct 10, 2015
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    NORFOLK -- A drone command center has been installed aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time, signifying the Navy's commitment to a future of unmanned aviation.

    The center was installed last week aboard the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson, and the next one will be placed next year aboard the Norfolk-based USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to the Navy.

    The command centers will be used for a drone that's still under development that will refuel aircraft and conduct intelligence and surveillance operations. The MQ-XX will be the Navy's first carrier-based unmanned aircraft.

    The drone is being designed to replace the F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet in their roles as aerial tankers. Doing so will preserve the fighter jets' flight hours for their primary missions, according to congressional testimony on Wednesday from Vice Admiral Paul A. Grosklags, commander of Naval Air Systems Command.
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